Seven years ago, my greatest dilemma as a clueless college kid was my internship decision - between glamorous FMCG companies and a B2B commodities company which I knew very little about.

Back then, when people asked me, "What do you do?", I simply answered, "PowerPoints & Spreadsheets." But ask me the same question today and I can proudly say, "I'm changing the world for a cleaner and more efficient place."

From Sales Intern to Marketer

As a Marketing student, I have always thought joining a FMCG company was the way to go until I chanced upon a creative internship recruitment poster from Shell. Out of curiosity, I joined as a Sales intern 7 years ago.

I was blessed with a very caring mentor, Koon Way, who soon found out about my interest in marketing and immediately readjusted my internship scope with an added marketing component. He also empowered me to make my recommendations at the regional sales meeting at Penang.  

From Marketing to Clean Energy

I still remember when I first rotated to the Downstream LNG team as a Business Analyst, my very first business proposal ended up on the Philippines Country Chairperson’s desk! It was for his presentation to the Minister of Energy, recommending LNG as an economic transport fuel for the city buses in Manila to address air pollution. It suddenly struck me that I wasn’t just building ivory towers with Microsoft tools, but the labour of my hard work had the potential of bettering lives in places where I don’t even live in!

From Singapore to China

I have also had the opportunity to work in China for 18 months to implement the investment and construction of LNG refuelling stations. The short stint saw my fastest growth in personal and professional developments.

From Clean Energy to Digital

I have since moved from LNG to the equally, if not more, exciting world of digitals in Shell Digital Ventures. I now get to take on a two-fold challenge: Firstly, create an agile and commercially material digital business for Shell from ground zero. And secondly, disrupt the logistics industry in Asia Pacific through digitisation and sophisticated optimisation algorithms.  

Quoting Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. My greatest realisation thus far is that the impact of my work and the voice of my advocacies have magnified themselves only because Shell has provided me the reach, the springboard as well as the harness to achieve beyond my wildest imaginations without fearing about failure.

The amount of satisfaction and fulfilment I gained from my daily work is immeasurable. I am constantly energized about going to work, especially when I witness the tangible impact I help create on a daily basis!

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