Monday, September 6, 2010

The despo life of an intern

Oil and gas demands are higher than ever, with China, Japan and the USA having the largest appetite for energy!

This summer, yours truly is working at the Twin Towers! Part of Shell Global Solutions, I design subsea subsea systems to ensure that the plumbing doesn't go awry when you have oil and gas flowing in them. To cut the story short, underwater pipes are somewhat like the pipe in your toilet. Get it wrong and shit happens!

Well, here's where I'm working!

The office is a nice place, all the drinks you need...
and no playing office boy...

In accounting firms, this will be your best friend if you were an intern!

Indeed, its just like what an engineer would do! Scary at times to be treated like a real engineer as there was nearly no training but learning on the job. What better satisfaction to know that your work is going to help decide a project worth at least 40 billion USD!


Getting a taste of that, I would like to do so many other things! Tedious at times, but that's life I guess. Shell is a huge company, one of the largest energy companies in the world and the second largest producer of hydrocarbons.


So here is what interns get paid:

In terms of living, the Selangor government has reiterated that this amount is way beyond the poverty line. Sadness.


Oh well, won't be for long though. Can't wait to graduate! For now, here is a comparison of internship experience I had gotten from two really different companies, Shell and Pricewaterhouse Coopers .



Energy Company
Oil and Gas
Engineering
Retail

Accounting Company
Auditing
Tax
Advisory

Application:

Online at shell.com

Communicate with HR via email

Two interviews

Application:

Online at pwc.com

Communicate with HR via email

No interview

Interns will do:

Designing engineering systems
Research on new technologies
Fill in Purchase orders and invoices

Interns will:

Become office boi/office girls
Photocopying large stacks of accounts
Audit companies
Send tons of letter

Duration

11 weeks

Duration

8 weeks - 6 months

Dress code:
First day I walked into Shell wearing suit, tie and leather shoes. Everyone stared at me.
They were wearing jeans, no ties and Hawaiian
Dress code:
First day I walked into PWC wearing shirt, sport shoes no tie. Everyone stared at me!
They were wearing coats, leather shoes and ties!

Workspace:

Huge ass table in KLCC
Got own laptop
Got own email address

Workspace

Small table
Own desktop
Own email address if 6 months

People:

Engineers. Talks about very technical stuff over lunch. Lots of expats but locals are nice as well. Very international

People:

Accountant. Duh! More locals but also very friendly as well. Talks about banking over lunch. Closer to home.

Location

Very central or very kampung, ie KLCC, Damansara or Miri

Location

Financial Centres, ie
Penang, Kuala Lumpur etc

One word to describe first day:

Boring

One word to describe first day:

Boring

Experience

A lot! Digging a hole in the ground is not as straight forward as it sounds. You design for 10 years and when you dig into the ground, you find out that some engineer spent 10mil USD buying the wrong sized 200km pipes.

Experience

A lot! Amazing how creative the government wants to tax the hell out of you and even more amazing how people find ways to claim back taxes! Audited a hospital and would never do it again.

Remuneration and cost of living

RM 900 per month (KLCC 2010)
Drive, KTM and LRT to work
RM 300 transport pm
RM 400 for food pm
Not including rental!

Remuneration and cost of living

RM 800 per month (Penang 2010)
Drive to work RM200 petrol pm
RM300 food pm
Park illegally at broken meters =)
Not including rental!

Finally, I'm not going to judge here which experience is better, nor which is more lucrative. That's because any experience is a good experience and I have made many good friends in both fields.

Have fun with ur internship!

11 comments:

Jasryn said...

Hahaha will show my boyfriend! He's currently trying out Intel. Know anywhere good for trying our civil engineering?

Kokd said...

huhu, the big companies for civil are MW Kellogg, Flour, if not try the construction companies like YTL or Sunway!

Aminah said...

oh u missed out PD, interned here in Shell PD thought I'd never come back, but guess what I'm here for good now.

Haha so yesss you might be back in SGS!

Anonymous said...

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Bahawa saya, peguam Yip Jiun Hann, Pemuda MCA Gombak seorang anak Yip Kum Fook ingin bertanya mengapa orang ramai begitu dengki bapa saya beristeri lebih dari tiga? Ini sebuah Negeri demokrasi, dia mahu sepuluh isteri pun hak dia sendiri, sekiranya dia bolih bertanggujawab.

Demi Islam pun bolih berkahwin lebih daripada empat perempuan. Saya harap orang ramai berfaham dan jangan bodoh.

Kalau semua mahu cabar demokrasi dan hak asasi, orang ramai bolih bertanya pada YB Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Pengurusi MCA Malaysia Datuk Dr. Chua Soi Lek, kerana memperbuatan mereka sama dengan bapa saya.
Yang benar

Pemuda MCA Gombak
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http://margeemar.blogspot.com/2012/06/malaysia-between-les-majeste-treason.html

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