“Mentoring is a great privilege: to be able to help develop graduates in their careers and see them grow into themselves,” Scott Low said.
Scott’s view as mentor to Inah, and other Shell graduates, is founded on his own experience. “I believe it can take years to really know yourself. It can also take a long time to ‘learn’ a company by yourself. Through mentoring, I can help others navigate their journey.”
Scott has been with Shell for 10 years and his current role is Country Contracts and Procurement Manager, Upstream, Philippines. An Australian, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English from the University of Western Australia.
Scott’s day-to-day role offers lots of diversity and gives him opportunity to have input into other departments and teams: “It’s an insight for Shell graduates in a way, as my role often goes beyond my discipline of Contracts and Procurement. Plus I regularly get called on by other teams as a subject matter expert.”
During his work day Scott makes a deliberate effort to prioritise one-on-one meetings with his mentee Inah. “It can be a challenge for a mentor to resist the temptation to drive straight into solution or advice mode when really the best approach is to ask open or reflective questions. This helps develop the sort of self-awareness and self-reflection that can equip a mentee to deal with dilemmas or problems in future.”