“I have always been curious about geology. I enjoy the outdoors and spent a lot of my time as a youngster at Scarborough and Watchet beaches in the UK. When I took a gap year I incorporated geological tourism into my visit to Australia and New Zealand. But I didn’t originally go to Keele University to study Geology; I went to read Physical Geography and Biology. After discovering inspiring geology lab classes, and then meeting my eventual PhD supervisor Professor Graham Williams, I decided to try Geology. I haven’t looked back since.”
As she was finalising her PhD, Helen connected with people she knew who were already at Shell and based on their advice, applied for a job in the Exploration team. Looking at her skillset, role availability and the timeframe needed to make a meaningful impact, she was offered a five-month Assessed Internship working within the New Ventures Europe and Russia team, based in London.
After successfully completing her assessed internship, Helen was offered a graduate role as an Exploration Geoscientist working in the New Ventures: Sub-Saharan Africa team. As Helen continues on her journey with Shell she will have the opportunity to take part in geological field trips, face-to-face training courses, and build up operational experience, all with the support of Shell’s technical specialists.Upon completion of this her next step will be to complete the Shell Advanced Technical Programme, which will compound her learnings and provide the solid foundations needed to be an explorer within Shell.