How to prepare for a graduate job at Shell

GradAustralia met with the team at Shell to find out about the future of the industry, and how students and graduates can start preparing now
Erin Delaney
Team GradAustralia
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Be open to new places 

Many of the roles in the oil and gas industry require employees to relocate to different countries. While this can be exciting, you need to be flexible, resilient to changes and open to diverse cultures. To prepare, you can travel or simply widen your social circle to include a diverse range of friends. Observe and understand how some of your fellow international students have adapted to living in Australia — one day it might be you adapting to a new culture.

Broaden your knowledge

Our engineers do not work in isolation when managing projects. A successful project requires close collaboration with various stakeholders such as Human Resources, External & Government Relations, Recruitment, Finance and Health and Safety. For you to succeed, it’s imperative you have an understanding of these areas. A simple way would be to build your network and relationship with students from other disciplines - in the oil and gas industry, we not only hire petroleum engineers, but a myriad of talents from various disciplines too.

Other tips to stand out with Shell

  1. Do your homework by researching Shell and gaining familiarity with Shell operations, projects, sites and values.
  2. When you’re being interviewed, think carefully about the questions.
  3. Gather your thoughts before you answer — don’t just dive in,
  4. Frame your answer to provide evidence of what the interviewer is looking for.
  5. Always focus on what YOU, not other people, have done.
  6. Always be enthusiastic about your achievements.
  7. Keep your answers relevant to the question and come to the point.
  8. Provide sufficient background information to set the scene, but be careful not to wander away from the question.
  9. Think of some questions in advance to ask at the end of the interview.