Not Afraid to Take Charge
SHELL OIL COMPANY
Shell Oil Company is an oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, an innovator in exploration and production technology, and a manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas, and petrochemicals. The company has operated in the United States since 1912. Shell operates in all 50 states, employing more than 20,000 people. The company operates in 70 countries worldwide, employing 90,000.
Shell considers military experience to be a valuable asset, appreciates the expertise and life experiences veterans have earned, and recognizes the sacrifices they have made. The organization understands how skills learned in the military, such as leadership, teamwork, and commitment, can translate into successful careers in civilian life.
At Shell, many veterans hold jobs that include:
- onshore/offshore operations and maintenance
- degreed mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineering positions
- planners and logistics project managers
- facilities, information technology, health, safety, and environment professionals
- commercial – for example, jobs in contracts and procurement, sales, retail, and finance
A VETERAN SUCCESS | ANDREW H. CHUNG
Andrew H. Chung served in the United States Army from 2005 to 2011, separating as a captain. “As a platoon leader, I was responsible for 30 soldiers and millions of dollars of equipment,” he said. “I was also a Blackhawk pilot flying more than 100 missions, ranging from troop transport to air assaults, raids, vehicle interdiction, and special operations support.
“As an operations officer, I started as a mission planner and eventually managed the life-cycle training program that included the post-deployment integration and readiness training for the next deployment. In my final assignment as the company executive officer, I was essentially the second-in-command for 225 soldiers.”
Now, Chung is a production-data management and projects analyst for Shell, responsible for acquisition of daily, weekly, and monthly production data.
Chung recommends that active-duty military keep a broad perspective. “Get as many different assignments within the military in order to get a broader scope than just operations,” he said.
He also advises them to develop leadership skills. “I learned how to work on teams both as a team member, and as a leader,” he said. “There are many times that I am not the leader in my current job, but the times that I am asked to lead certain efforts, I am not afraid to take charge.”
A couple other attributes that Chung developed in the military are still paying off. “The ‘get-in-done’ mentality comes to mind,” he said. “Additionally, being able to deliver quality work under any circumstance.”
Chung said that Shell is looking for more leaders. “Shell has many technical subject-matter experts and many managers,” he said. “Shell looks to military hires because they bring in many leadership attributes.”
He recommends that active-duty servicemembers and veterans develop their networking skills as soon as possible. “My ability to network helped me succeed in making the transition,” he said. “Many different networks and organizations for veterans are in place – and I encourage people to reach out and use them.”
As for working at Shell, Chung encourages veterans to do their research. “Get to know the many different aspects of the energy business to see what is a good fit, given your education, experience, and drive,” he said.