W IM UK promotes the mining sector as a career choice for women in all professions.

Camborne School of Mines Scholarships

For several years now, Women in Mining UK and the Camborne School of Mines Trust have worked together to offer scholarships to exceptional aspiring women who seek to study at the Camborne School of Mines. This is part of our initiative to support and encourage women to seek a career in mining.

WIM UK is delighted to have partnered with Polymetal International plc (Polymetal), a leading precious metals mining group and FTSE100 constituent, to support Polymetal’s inaugural mining scholarship at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) of University of Exeter.

This package includes a scholarship valued at £6,000 to support the recipient’s studies as well as the opportunity to work with Polymetal for her dissertation project and, upon graduation, an internship at Polymetal to gain vital experience in the field and insight into one of the world’s leading mining companies.

To learn about what it is like studying at Camborne School of Mines, please read the blog posts past scholarship recipients— SarahAnna and Millie — have written.

Imperial College London Scholarship

WIM UK is thrilled to announce that it has launched a new scholarship programme and now offering a scholarship for the Metals and Energy Finance MSc course at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College. The scholarship is for female applicants to the course starting in 2021 and comprises £6,000 to support her studies. The application process is now closed. To learn more, please visit the programme page.

Paid Internship Opportunities

Women in Mining UK partners with mining companies to create paid internship opportunities for the new generations of miners.

In 2020, Altus Strategies and Golden Star Resources took on three interns. Read what Olivia Gubbins (2020 Altus intern), Benedicte Nzolantima (2020 Golden Star intern), Katy Relph (2020 Golden Star intern), and Ellen Mullarkey & Rhiannon Jones (2019 Anglo American interns)said about their experiences.

We view the undergraduate and graduate stages of a person’s career as opportunities to make important decisions and our experts have put together a collection of tips to help you get started.

Engaging with experts and networking

WIM UK and other organisations specific to your career discipline can provide ideal settings to engage with more experienced individuals.

In addition to networking, they provide the chance to learn good career habits, garner useful advice and become further involved in your industry of choice. Read more about networking here.

Mentoring Evenings

WIM UK holds Speed Mentoring Evenings a few times a year, where women are given the opportunity to meet with mentors over an informal dinner to discuss their professional development goals and aspirations. This initiative is currently on pause due to COVID-19.

CVs and fine-tuning

Before graduating, you should invest time and effort into securing your first job, which will include compiling a great CV.

Thereafter, updating your CV, references and other supporting documents ought to be an annual activity; you should review your career path, decide what changes you need to make to keep moving towards your goals and reflect on your recent achievements regularly.

Read more CV related advice from our experts here.

Using your university and seeking advice

Some individuals find it difficult to promote their achievements and skills, while others are liable to say too much. Getting a second opinion from others within your university, such as a lecturer or student peer, can save you from making basic mistakes and ruling yourself out of roles that might be right for you.

It may not always be the easiest advice to receive, but often a critical second opinion proves invaluable and your university will have a variety of means to offer this.

WIM UK Top Tips

  • Go to as many networking events as possible, 9/10 jobs are earned through networking.
  • Show initiative, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, chat, be friendly, people recommend people they like.
  • Ask for advice, if people think you value their experience and views, they are more likely to help you and recommend you.
  • Always follow up with an email after you have met someone in the industry, they will remember your name.
  • Always research a company thoroughly before an interview.
  • Do as many internships, and gain as much commercial work experience as you can.
  • Ask a more experienced person to review your CV, as it’s important to tailor it to the specific role and to be relevant.
  • Be open-minded to all jobs as experience counts for a lot and may lead to your ideal job.
  • Keep abreast of the news, for example the Week in Mining, will keep you up-to-date with what is going on in the Industry.
  • Potential employers will research you so it’s important to ensure your public profile is up-to-date and accurate, e.g. Linked-In and any other networking sites to ensure they don’t compromise your job prospects!
  • Stay positive – don’t get disheartened.

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Membership is free and open to all women in the mining industry.  Wherever you work, WIM UK provides information and great networking opportunities to its members and promotes the role of women in the mining industry and the sector as a career choice for women.

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