“I enjoy the lubricants business because the teams are diverse and everyone respects each other. I think the company offers the best opportunities in the oil and gas industry. There is a variety of roles you can choose from and it really offers a great platform from which to start a long-term career.
It’s not only about developing yourself in a particular role in a single business – you can transfer between businesses and feel as if you’re starting a great new adventure while keeping the familiarity of working for a company you’ve been with for years.
People tend to move to a new position every three or four years, giving them a chance to continue developing their skills. With roles changing so often, there is no time to stagnate or get bored.
“I also enjoy the incredible diversity in Shell – it really creates an interesting company culture. We enjoy learning from each other and having people from different walks of life on the same team generates the best creative ideas,” she explains.
“Every job has its difficulties though. For me, the challenges are two-fold – managing people while thinking about the business is always hard. My day-to-day work involves managing and caring about the dynamics in the team, thinking about each person’s development and growth and looking at potential opportunities for the business.
“But I’m immensely proud to be a part of our winning team. Our business is constantly expanding and we’ve become an important contender in the global arena.
We value communication and there is mutual support and alignment between employees and management. Alignment is important, especially when crucial decisions are being made,” she says.
When talking about work-life integration, she admits it can be a challenge, but one worth pursuing. “I try to spend as much time with my parents and extended family as possible,” says Jessica. “In my private time, I enjoy gardening and taking photographs. I also love to travel and tend to go to places I haven’t been before – I enjoy new experiences.”