Ruud Smedts

Office work combined with field visits

My job is to optimise the maintenance that is done in the field. We ensure that all the equipment is cost-efficient and safe. I combine office work with site visits to learn about the equipment, processes and problems that field personnel face. Next to the hands-on jobs, I have a lot of courses to learn about the business, the processes and improve soft skills.

Prepare for the future

At the office, I perform analyses and think about how the systems and processes can be simplified. I discuss issues and goals with my line manager and my learning/ career path with my coach. With fellow grads and senior engineers I build relationships that can help me in the future. My next role will be Assistant Maintenance Supervisor, full time in the field, leading a team of mechanics on a day-to-day basis.

Your opinion is valued from day one

What I love about my job is that colleagues value your opinion from day one and are very open to share their knowledge. I sure learned a lot in a short period of time. I also considered consulting and risk management at a bank, but I chose Shell because I wanted to be among engineers. 

Social life in Groningen is good fun 

The ‘Young Shell’ communities make you feel at home in a new city. There are over 100 grads in Groningen who love to have fun together. So I often go out, like for dinner at the ‘Uurwerker’ or to Oblomov for a special beer. I also play tennis and I’m looking forward to a sailing course (organised by the NAM personnel association).

Shell is a great place to start your career

Shell really tries to keep its employees happy and enables them to grow. You get a good salary with working days that are not too long. Shell turned out to be a great place for your career with lots of growth possibilities!

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