John Okung and Janice Benavidez-Pamplona both share a passion for people. John started out in Shell as a Programmer while Janice came from a Marketing and Communications background. Janice initially thought that shifting to a Human Resources (HR) position was a “stretch” but she took the opportunity because it involved the things she’s passionate about: working with people. It was the same for John, who realised that Shell’s biggest asset is its people and actively sought opportunities to help in HR.
2. Try taking online career aptitude tests
If you need some suggestions to get the decision process going, or a fresh perspective, you’d be surprised how helpful career aptitude tests can be. Janice recommends going online and taking a few tests to find a career where your interests, working style, and values meet. You can then match the results with opportunities available at Shell.
3. Think about a field of work, not a specific job
When finding the right career path for you, Janice advises that you look beyond job titles and think instead of the bigger picture – a field of work where you can be motivated enough to continually achieve higher levels of performance. Whilst a particular job title may not always sound like what you had in mind, what’s important is whether or not it moves your career in the right direction.
Debbie Foley, who started out in retail sales and operations and now heads up a global marketing team says:
“I always loved retail and believed it would be where I would work forever. I discovered that my ‘field of work’ is about customers and people which led me to commercial sales and marketing roles across different businesses doing jobs I would never have thought of. At Shell, I was actively encouraged to think about roles that would build on my strengths but also provide new and challenging experiences to develop me further."
4. Identify the things that matter to you
Janice stresses the importance of new Shell hires asking themselves these three important questions:
- What am I good at?
- What would I like to improve at?
- What are my career non-negotiables?
Debbie encourages her team members to think deeply about their development needs and clearly express their ambitions when thinking about career moves. “No matter how great your line manager is at developing you, it is essential that you are clear on what you want, based on your own self-awareness and that you have a very clear outline of how your next role can help you grow. Knowing yourself is a key ingredient to a successful career”.
5. Network, network, network