Shell Graduate Programme

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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With approximately 93,000 employees in over 70 countries, our aim is to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.
A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to join a company that tackles the challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy needs, thanks to its people’s experience, expertise and innovative approach. Joining Shell could help you get more from your working life than you thought possible.

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Shell Graduate Programme


Whether you join the Technical, Commercial or Corporate Function area of the Shell Graduate Programme, you will receive unparalleled formal training that will propel your career straight after exiting the programme. We’ve designed the programme to give remarkable candidates like you the outstanding experience and training you’ll need to become a future leader of our business.

Right from the start you’ll embark on a comprehensive Onboarding Programme that systematically exposes you to all areas of the organisation. Depending on your chosen path, you’ll experience a two to five-year development programme. This will include two or three rotations that combine on-the-job learning with formal training opportunities. You'll be given stimulating, hands-on roles and get the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our company values.

On top of a competitive starter salary and other benefits, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge with structured learning, broaden your experience on groundbreaking projects, and you will be supported by an excellent mentorship programme. Constructive check-ins throughout the Shell Graduate Programme will ensure you won't be overwhelmed by the workload.



  • Step 1 – Search and apply online

    Use our search agent above to find an opportunity in your region and/or country. Apply and upload the latest version of your CV/resume. Before submitting your application you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire.

    Please check that you are eligible to work in the chosen country/location before applying for a specific role.

  • Step 2 – Take part in an online assessment

    If successful during the application stage, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the online assessment. There are two parts to the online assessment. Each part must be completed and submitted within seven working days.

    Part 1: Behavioural Questionnaire

    These will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will not be timed. Once completed, you’ll receive an email with the outcome. If you pass Part 1 of the online assessment you will receive an additional email to notify you that you have successfully completed Part 1 and this includes a link to begin Part 2 of the online assessment.

    Part 2: Consists of two tasks: a decision-making task and a problem-solving task.

    Both tasks must be completed. The decision-making task is not timed, but the problem-solving task is timed and you will have 18 minutes to complete it. The decision-making task assesses how you respond to common situations that Shell graduates may face, and the problem-solving task assesses your capacity for solving numerical reasoning problems.

    In total, Part 2 of the online assessment should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Once you have submitted Part 2 of the online assessment we will then review your application and progress successful applicants to interview. Top tips for a successful online assessment can be found here.

    Take the online assessment practice tests:  Practice test 1 and Practice test 2.

  • Step 3 – The interview

    The interview will take place either face-to-face or over the telephone. This is an opportunity for you to tell us more about your motivations for applying, your achievements, the challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve demonstrated the qualities we’re looking for.

    If you successfully pass your interview you could be invited to a Shell Recruitment Day.

  • Step 4 – Shell Recruitment Day

    Following success in the first-stage interview, you will be invited to attend a Shell Recruitment Day, in which you’ll be given further insights into our global businesses and complete a range of assessed exercises, including an online simulation exercise, a written task, group discussion, a presentation-based case study and a reflection exercise.

    You should aim to demonstrate:

    • Capacity: your capacity for analysis, decision making and creating workable solutions
    • Achievement: your drive and enthusiasm, resilience and confidence
    • Relationships: your ability to develop positive relationships and communicate well at all levels
  • Step 5 – An offer

    The Shell Recruitment Day concludes your assessment. Upon completion, we’ll be in touch to let you know the final outcome for suitable places on the Shell Graduate Programme.

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