Concerning Si Yng as a mentee, Tanya said her early suggestions were for Si Yng to learn as much as possible about how Shell works; how the company is structured; and how it functions within that structure. “Si Yng was able to leverage that knowledge to better focus on learning new skills and be open to opportunities within Shell.”
At a personal level, Tanya said Si Yng was a fast learner and a hard worker. “These are important qualities. We worked together to build on them so Si Yng could be more proactive in putting herself forward more. We discussed that to take on something new, sometimes you just have put your hand up and say ‘count me in!’ Si Yng is becoming more confident in herself and, as a result, more confident professionally.”
Tanya has been with Shell for 12 years and her current role is Finance Continuous Improvement Manager. It’s a challenging global role which continually seeks innovative ways to improve Shell’s finance function. Her role consistently calls upon her Masters in Finance from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
“Mentoring, especially coaching in problem solving, has given me insights to my own career development within Shell. It has helped improve my leadership and influencing skills. While technical skills remain important, mentoring helps for a clearer focus on my leadership competencies and how I can improve them. That’s good for me and, ultimately, for Shell.”
Asked what kind of person is a good fit for the Shell Graduate Programme, Tanya was very clear. “If you have strong critical thinking; are open minded to new challenges; and are willing to invest time and effort into your technical, teamwork and leadership skills, then please think about Shell.”
“We just might share an exciting future together,” she said.