This is the photo-story of Doorva Shukla, a Senior Manager in the Upstream Deepwater Revenue Accounting Team. She was inspired to join Shell because she wanted to discover a new industry while working in a team that values diversity.
Hi, I’m Doorva Shukla, a Senior Manager in the Upstream Deepwater Revenue Accounting Team. I’m a chartered accountant who has spent much of my career in investment banking. Since joining Shell, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being involved in a new industry, and I love that I’m part of a company that puts an emphasis on diversity and community spirit.
I think this picture really sums up how I feel about Shell. We are a diverse community, with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, but we all work well together because we have the same goals and objectives. Everyone that works for Shell is here to create a better and more sustainable future, so there’s a strong feeling of unity.
I think that hiring people from all over the world is a huge benefit to Shell, and it’s definitely something I support. It broadens your perspectives and enhances your environment. I always go out of my way to make recent recruits feel comfortable, because I understand what it’s like to be new. It’s important that we make the office a home away from home.
This picture is a great way of representing why Shell is such a valuable organisation. People here are working to tackle some of the planet’s biggest problems and challenges, and I get to play a role in doing something that’s making a difference.
Because we are such a progressive company, there’s a lot of reliance on technology. But one of the things I want to ensure is that we retain the human touch. We all need to be able to express ourselves and connect with people. Technology has the potential to overpower us, so we have to make an effort to connect and interact. These sorts of bonds are key to fulfilling organisational goals.
One of the best ways of bringing people together at work is through events. Events and team-building activities give people the opportunity to interact with one another and meet colleagues that they may not otherwise engage with. I always make a point of encouraging participation both in formal and informal events; I’m convinced it’s the best way to forge relationships.
In the above picture, you can see me at a Shell away day event (left). This is where employees get updated on how the business is performing, what we can do better, what we’re doing well, and what is expected of us in the upcoming year.
It’s also a time for fun activities and challenges. I hosted this event, and it went really well. My focus was on getting people to connect and collaborate to solve problems, and everyone got involved. I’m a very social person, and if I can ever see an opportunity for team-building fun, I take it!
In the picture on the right, I’m just about to go and host an event for Shell in front of 10,000 people. At the time I’d only been with the company for 10 days, so it was quite nerve-wracking! But I love organising events and pushing myself, so everything went well, and I still feel very proud of what I managed to achieve.
In the image on the left, you can see me sitting with a colleague. She is just one of the many friends I’ve made since joining Shell. On the right, I’m just about to start my very first day at Shell!
My parents were there with me, and it was a great feeling to start working for a company that is one of the world leaders in the oil and gas industry. I love new experiences, and this memory makes me particularly happy.
I love to explore, and I’ve made it my mission to see as much of India as possible. This photo is special to me because I am with my family, and there an incredible waterfall in the background.
I feel lucky to live in India because it is a country with a unique blend of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds living together.
To me, this painting depicts expansion and infinity. If I wasn’t an accountant, I’m pretty sure I would have made a career out of painting.
I’m incredibly passionate about art, and have been ever since I was a child. What I create can be quite abstract, but I like producing work that people can interpret in their own way. I’m incredibly fond of using colour, as you can see in the image above. I think art is not only a tremendous creative outlet, but it also helps me to focus and relax.
Disclaimer: Views expressed are of the individuals featured and are not representative of the views of the Shell group of companies and their affiliates.