In today’s job market, you get back what you put in. Start early. Devote a time to research and use our guide to structure the way you go about this.

Your database

The most valuable thing you can do to aid getting a job is build a contact list. In many cases you will have done this without thinking too much about it at the time.

Start with the people you have met during education. Friends often become business associates.

To build a contact list you have to get out and network as well as tackle desk-based research. Start by asking tutors and lecturers if there are any seminars that might attract business people you would be interested in meeting with. Many mining professionals continue to stay linked to their universities in some way and they will often attend functions there.

There are plenty of events that you could attend in your own right. Ask some those doing post-graduate qualifications, review notices on student notice boards and try out talks given by external speakers and companies.

In your final study year, arrange for different professionals to come and talk speak at your university. If your ideal speaker is not scheduled to attend an event, you can always suggest that they do so.

Monitor events hosted by WIM (UK). We offer different kinds of events covering a wide range of relevant subjects and actively work to help entry-level members to meet people working in industry.

Desk based research

Many larger mining, engineering and industrial organisations run annual graduate intakes and while competition can be strong, it is important to be aware of what is available.

Subscribe to newsletters and websites which not only post jobs and events, but help you to stay up to date with industry news.

Do not be disheartened by the ‘numbers game’. In addition to signing up to graduate schemes and applying for posts advertised, contact mining companies, trade organisations and government entities.

Do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response. Many companies do not acknowledge correspondence, and it is not to be taken personally.

When doing this, make sure you’re sending a finely crafted CV by following our guide.

Make sure your signature provides all your contact information.


Depending on your career discipline, some graduates gain employment through a recruitment company.

If you are trusting a third source to represent you, be sure to choose carefully and moderate where they direct your personal and CV information.

Pick up the phone

After attending events and meeting a few people, give them a call. Check if it would be a good time to speak to them and prepare what you want to ask. Explain why you are making the call, but do not force them into assisting you on the spot.

Depending on your reasons for calling, you might be able to ask about sending your CV to them, or to another relevant person.

Whatever it is suggested that you do – send your CV, write a short email or contact another employee – be sure to complete the task politely and follow up promptly.

What do I want to do?

Ask tutors, people you meet when networking, or companies for guidance. It is important to set goals but remain flexible about the roles you will consider to achieve them.

Ask companies what tasks a role encompasses and take detailed notes. As your career progresses, refer back to your notes. With the insight you have then gained, you will be able to ensure you are gaining the right kind of post graduate knowledge.