Your Shell

A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to join a company that tackles the challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy needs in ethically and social responsible ways. 

We can only do this thanks to our people and their experience, expertise and innovative approach. Everyone is part of this team effort whether you're delivering new technology to support business growth, providing financial analysis to sales teams or working to optimise gas flow under immense ocean pressure. You’ll collaborate with some of the best minds in your field as you help us meet future energy demands. Joining Shell could help you get more from your working life than you thought possible.

Your opportunities

In the UK we offer around 100 places on our Graduate Programme and 50 Assessed Internships a year.

We have more than 15 different technical and scientific Areas of Interest ranging from Engineering to IT, Geosciences to HSSE. Whether you are a penultimate year student looking for an Assessed Internship or in your final year and applying directly to the Graduate Programme there’s plenty to choose from.

In the Corporate field we offer Graduate and Internship opportunities in Technology, HR and Finance.

Whilst all of our roles involve a need for commercial awareness, we have Internships and Graduate roles specifically for graduates who are keen to focus on sales or marketing in our Upsteam or Downstream Commercial areas, as well as Trading and Supply & Distribution. 

Your Graduate Programme

Is typically 3 years in duration. All of our graduates get experience across their chosen career path, many areas offer 2 rotations in different roles. You will get huge support on a personal and professional level, whilst being both stretched and nurtured. We offer a huge amount of flexibility and networks to enhance opportunities to socialise. Professional qualifications are supported (mandatory in some areas such as Finance) and you'll be given responsibility and trust from day one.

Shell’s commitment to outstanding roles for women:

We’re delighted to once again be awarded the privileged status of being in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 - the only oil and gas company to make the list.

Shell scored highly for how we embed diversity into the roles, responsibilities and behaviours of line managers, for our fair and transparent pay processes, and for the impact our gender policies have on individuals and our performance culture.

Shell has a highly active Women’s Network to enhance coaching and mentoring opportunities for all our women. Our supportive culture, and flexible working practices, are benefits that all staff enjoy.

Enabling successful careers for people with disabilities: 
Shell is committed to creating an environment that enables all employees to achieve their best, regardless of circumstance. This belief underpins how we work with employees with disabilities. We ensure you’re given a platform from which to reach your full potential and become the boundary-pushing innovators of the future. Our enABLE network also offers a forum to engage and share experiences. 

We encourage applicants to declare any special needs you may have so that we can make reasonable adjustments. 

Your Application

Deadline for the Shell Assessed Internship Programme is the 31st January 2017 and the Shell Graduate Programme, it is the 31st March 2017. For our Graduate Programme, we fill roles on a rolling basis and will  close vacancies once they are filled, so apply early and check before applying.

The application process for our graduate programmes is rigorous, but is designed to support graduates and help you to stand out. After submitting an online application, you will be invited to complete our online assessments. Successful candidates are invited to a telephone interview. The final assessment takes the form of either a 10-12 week summer Assessed Internship (if you are a penultimate year student) or, for final year students, a Shell Recruitment Day at which around six candidates participate in both individual and group exercises. 

Through this process we will be assessing candidates: 

  • Capacity – the intellectual ability to analyse and apply unfamiliar information to complex situations.
  • Achievement – the ability to identify and manage resources in order to deliver results.
  • Relationship-building – the ability to work within, and lead, diverse teams 

Top Tips

  1. Ensure you check our website to see that there is availability in your chosen Area of Interest. We don’t have vacancies in every area, every year and some areas do get filled very quickly.
  2. Make sure your CV demonstrates a commitment to your chosen Area of Interest, we often don’t mind what subject you’ve studied – especially for Commercial and Corporate roles – but you do need to give evidence that you have significant interest in the area you’ve chosen.
  3. Also ensure evidence on your CV is quantified eg “I undertook an XX week placement at XXX where my project focused on delivering XXX (objective) in XXX (time) with XXX (budget). I delivered XXX (tangible outcomes) and also greatly developed XXXX (skill/knowledge).
  4. When doing the online tests get yourself to a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, have a dictionary and calculator at hand, take a deep breath and be yourself. Don’t try and second-guess what we are looking for, integrity is very important!
  5. If undertaking an internship, or every time you succeed in something, try to keep a few notes. It might sound arduous, but it’s amazing how quickly your memory of the details will fade, and how valuable those details are in interviews. 
  6. Ensure your achievements are not just academic. All of our applicants can talk about academic achievement – think about how to make yourself stand out.

Good luck!

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