Striking the Perfect Balance of Passion and Profession

Magda, Persevering Athlete

Magdalena Gaca

Magdalena Gaca, Persevering Athlete

Parachutist, licensed glider pilot, snowboarder, horse rider and competitive triathlete… Magdalena Gaca’s achievements are an inspiration not just for her colleagues, but also for working professionals across the world. In 2017, Magda severely injured her spine falling from a horse. She persevered with careful recovery, and, only a year later, completed her first quarter Ironman in 2 hours and 51 minutes.

An immensely successful team leader, Magda brings the same discipline and focus to her work and Shell’s flexible hours help her to strike the perfect balance between her career and her passion.

Preethi, Pianist

Preethi Rajasekar

Preethi Rajasekar, Pianist

Music has always helped Preethi Rajasekar to relax. As a student preparing to take her accounting exams Preethi would play the piano rather than reading over her notes. Music has been the constant companion that has seen her through the accounting course, an MBA and even through motherhood. Preethi believes that everyone has their own idea of what they need to do to lead a balanced life. What’s key is to be aware of it and actively make choices to achieve that balance. Preethi has now successfully completed her Grade VI piano exams.

Vijaylethumi, Fitness Trainer

Vijaylethumi A/P Ismail,

Vijaylethumi A/P Ismail, Fitness Trainer

A fitness enthusiast and professional trainer, Vijaylethumi A/P Ismail was an introvert at school who found herself drawn to the world of sports. She began to represent her school in track events and ultimately pursued her passion by studying sports science at university. She has an equal level of commitment and passion towards her career and at Shell she finds enough opportunities and encouragement to strike a balance between the two. She pushes herself to train for at least an hour a day, even on busy workdays and says that having this discipline is crucial to achieving a good work-life balance.

Siew Yen, Author & Life Coach

Ng Siew Yen

Ng Siew Yen, Published Author and Life Coach

An individual’s happiness does not depend on external factors but rather on the inner workings of the mind. Siew Yen Ng realised and internalised this simple, yet life-changing thought back in 2014 and since then has used it to help transform lives. She spends her weekends penning self-help books including “Be Happy Now” and “Being Happy in Tough Times” and, with support from Shell, runs life coaching sessions and workshops for employees both in and outside the organisation. Everyone, she believes, has something to offer to the world.

Lakshmi, Musician

Lakshmi Ananthamurthy

Lakshmi Ananthamurthy, Musician

Business strategist, entrepreneur, successful team leader, mother of two and trained violinist and flautist, Lakshmi Ananthamurthy sets a gold standard for balance and multitasking. Her trick? Lakshmi says that every time she moves to a new city she finds a natural body of water to bring her peace, a gym to keep her fit and a music school where she can learn the violin and flute, things that bring her joy. Lakshmi says that at Shell she’s found a work culture that allows her to be an active part of her children’s lives, keep fit and practice music.

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