Did you know that Shell has a Campus Ambassadors Team (CAT) for all Maastricht University alumni who work for Shell?
There are currently more than 50 UM alumni working for Shell. CAT is also involved in the recruitment, introduction and mentor activities for new recruits at Shell. UM alumni and new UM recruits share a common bond: they are all Maastricht University graduates.
CAT offers a great way to feel welcomed and connected as a new employee. When you join Shell you automatically become a member of the Campus Ambassadors Team for Maastricht University. The CAT is also present at career events at Maastricht University, such as Maastricht Business Days, Make A Move, and Maastricht Finance Days. Alumni who are working at Shell come back to their alma mater to inform students about career opportunities at Shell.
Leann Poeth, who is responsible for alumni relations at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, attended a special Shell CAT alumni event in The Hague in January 2014. “It was a great opportunity to (re)connect with our alumni,” she said. “We brought Maastricht back to the alumni by sharing news about the university, the latest developments in research such as Mark Post’s “cultured beef”, new projects like the “Limburg Kennis As” and facts and figures about number of current students, number of alumni, etc.”
As the discussions deepened, several of the alumni said that they felt like they were “back in Maastricht in a tutorial group PBL (problem based learning) session”. This gave everyone a warm feeling. “The Shell Campus Ambassadors Team is such a great concept. It truly enhances the cooperation between Maastricht University, students, staff, alumni and Shell,” said Leann.
The Shell CAT is headed by Maastricht alumnus, Armand Lumens, Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor engaged in risk management at Shell, and alumna Annemiek Moraal, IM consultant for capital projects at Shell.
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By Leann Poeth
Alumni Officer SBE