“How sharing my disability let me be myself”
Joe Hansen is a Graduate Analyst and dyslexic. But Shell as an employer challenged his thinking, not least in seeing ability where others see disability.
“When I arrived for my interview at Shell, the HR Coordinator came just to talk to me and asked ‘Is everything set up for you? Is everything OK?’” says Joe. “I remember thinking how nice it was that somebody did that.”
Joe Hansen is halfway through the Shell Graduate Programme for IT. He currently works as a Graduate Business Analyst in Retail IT and he has dyslexia.
In Joe’s experiences from school and growing up, the condition was poorly understood and even stigmatised. But when he came to Shell he encountered a company that challenged his thinking, and not just in terms of attitudes towards dyslexia.
He explains: “I was doing an economics module on climate change as part of my course at University College London. My lecturer suggested I look into Shell Scenarios. I found it interesting that an oil and gas company was looking to the future of energy like this. It challenged my view of the company; that open, collaborative, innovative dialogue grabbed me.”