Melvin Lau originally left Malaysia to study Environmental Engineering at The University of Melbourne, an opportunity that he knew would give him the chance to become more open-minded and experience what life was like in another country.
Having completed his Masters, however, Melvin faced a conundrum – should he stay in Australia for work or return to his home country?
He applied to Shell’s Graduate Programme in Malaysia, not expecting much of a result, but after a vigorous interview process, Melvin was delighted to be accepted as one of Shell’s new graduates, meaning that he would be returning home.
“I am so pleased to be close to my family – that is something I really value,” he said. “I also wanted to make a difference in my country.”
Although Melvin didn’t know how his skills would be utilised or how he was going to get the right training and development, his nerves were quickly put to ease when he sat down with his line manager to discuss his personal development programme. “Everything was set out clearly, giving me a good sense of not only what was expected of me as a new employee but also what I could expect from the organisation in return.”
Melvin hopes to complete the three-year Graduate Programme at the end of 2016, after which he wants to move on to Shell’s Advanced Technical Programme (SATP), which should take another four years. Like the Shell Graduate Programme, the SATP is based on technical disciplines and job area competencies. The focus is on-the-job tasks and workplace assignments, supported by core and discipline-specific learning activities. SATP also includes structured coaching and mentoring programmes to support on-the-job learning.
Melvin’s time on the Shell Graduate Programme has been a real learning curve.