Shell Spring Week at Shell

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Greater London
Review Date


About You
The Organisation
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About You

Role Description

A week learning about shell as a company and doing lots of games and case studies, as well as attending talks.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed it to a huge extent. The people were lovely and it was so interesting to see the two locations Shell was in. The chances to meet other students, across a range of universities and disciplines was the most fun for me, but I also loved getting stuck into the games and case studies.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I think the organisers made us feel very special. Though this wasn't an internship and we weren't doing any valuable work for the company, we were made to feel as if we could, in the future, and as if they expressly wanted us to carry on in Shell. This made me feel very valued.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We received an ample amount of guidance and support - we always knew where we were meant to be and there were always loads of approachable people round who we could go to with any questions. I also feel that I could ask follow up questions to the organisers if I needed to, and we are in contact via email and LinkedIn.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I developed included communication: we hd a range of challenged that involved negotiating and debate. I also developed my presentation skills, as we were actively encouraged to ask lots of questions and participate in group discussions. We were also required to do a presentation to the group. I also learnt a bit more about how to network and think my general confidence and self-awareness increased.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was so well structured, with a very careful progression of the days and a detailed and consistent timetable so we hand qualms about where to be and when. All the talks and activities were seamless, and the overall experience was very positive - I think the organisers did a fabulous job.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere was extremely positive, friendly and welcoming. We were made to feel wanted and I felt that the games and case studies we were set were designed to teach us about Shell as a company and what skills will be required in any business environment. The selection of people was also lovely and it was very enjoyable to get to know everyone.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They wanted us to learn about ourselves: encouraging (positive!) feedback to each other, and went to great efforts to let us do this: we had designated time to reflect on our performance in a group and I personally learned how to compromise. They also seemed very invested in our future in and out of Shell, and wanted us to apply to their further programmes. Interview and CV help was so valuable too.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The days were very intense, especially compared to university. We got to experience the long, structured days and also both locations in London. We also had a panel of graduates speaking to us and they told us about their day-to-day routines, so we got a very good sense of what a full-time job would be like.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

It seemed to give us a very good understanding of the company culture, as we spoke to a wide range of individuals, from graduates who had been there only a few months to the Uk country chair. However we did speak to a disproportionate number of graduates (understandably, as that is what they are hoping we will be) and I might have preferred interacting with more people who entered the company through a different route, just to get a better feel for the culture.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content was very valuable, as I had never experienced a large corporate or office environment before. It was interesting to see, but didn't change my mind. This is probably just due to my own indecision but I am still not sure whether it is the kind of job suited to me, particularly as in Shell, there seems to be a lot of influence on the technical side of things.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was reimbursed for the week's travel from my home to the offices. Some people were given very nice accommodation too, if they weren't from London. I wasn't paid but we got three free meals a day and a lot of education about future paid prospects for us, in second year and after we graduate.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

We had networking opportunities at every activity we did during the day and had meals in the evenings to get to know people from the company more. It was very nice to meet people in both a professional and casual context and I learnt a lot about their experiences of the company. Networking was also encouraged between all the participants.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were very fun and plentiful. We had networking opportunities at all the activities we did during the day and had meals in the evenings to get to know them more. It was very nice to meet people in both a professional and casual context and I learnt a lot about their experiences of the company. They were very helpful and willing to answer all our questions.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

yes, through lots of talks with a number of employees. they have 'lunch and learn' where they take lunch and get a talk from someone in the company about a number of things. They also mentioned opportunities in training, both technically and commercially, and some fun stuff like table tennis was available in offices.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, it was an overwhelmingly positive experience and we all had a lovely time. We were treated well, met tons of nice people and learnt a lot about ourselves and the company. The timing was also perfect, and we got to experience many aspects of Shell life while it was a welcome break from revision in the Easter holidays!