"I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do"
While I was studying for a degree in Materials Science at Oxford University, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do afterwards, I only knew I wanted to go into a technical role in industry. Through OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology), a network sponsored by Shell, I learned about Shell’s Spring Week, which I attended during the Easter of my second year, in 2014.
I had decided not to study Earth Sciences at university partly because I didn’t want to work in oil and gas! However, my perception of the energy industry was entirely changed during the week I spent in London. Through exposure to many different areas of the business, I came to understand the importance of engineers like me, who can provide innovative solutions to ever-evolving problems. I saw the opportunities presented by Shell, and applied for a job towards the end of my degree.
Today I am one year into the Shell Graduate Programme, working in the Netherlands as a Materials and Corrosion Engineer. As part of a small team, I support the offshore platforms in the Southern North Sea, where we manage the corrosion risks to acceptable levels to ensure safety and operational continuity. Every day is new, different and challenging. Shell is supporting me to build my technical knowledge and develop my leadership skills, and I am looking forward to a bright career in Energy.
Sarah Hopkin, Trainee Materials & Corrosion Engineer