Khulood is a Finance graduate and holds an MBA, but after two and a half years of working in the banking industry she realised that she wouldn’t find fulfilment in her work if she didn’t make a change.
“I was stuck in a room analysing documents by myself and I’m very outgoing and like to be with people,” Khulood said. “Life is short and I didn’t want to be unhappy, so I decided to take the leap into HR and Communications.”
When she first joined Shell, Khulood admits she was nervous about being surrounded by so many experienced people, but her opinion soon changed: “I was young when I joined and missed the large community of young people. However, a five-day induction programme in the Netherlands called Shell Life changed my mind. I quickly learned about Shell’s caring culture, history and global projects. It gave me a sense of pride and I became emotionally connected with the company. Ten years later, I still feel that my move to Shell was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
Khulood originally planned to start working for the government – a popular decision with many Emiratis – but that soon changed when she was selected for a leadership programme under UAE leader Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum in 2006.
“There were 33 other people from both government and private industries,” she explained. “They told us how, even though we were in the private sector, they considered us to be agents of change for our country. I decided to stay with Shell because I would still contribute just as much to my country as I would if I worked in the government sector.