STUDENTS & GRADS
For several years now, Women in Mining UK and the Camborne School of Mines Trust have worked together to offer scholarships to two exceptional aspiring women who seek to study at the Camborne School of Mines. Please check back in March 2021 for more information.
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 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.
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 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 www.minesite.com, 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.
- Writing your CV: crafting a CV worth reading
- Network – Getting out and meeting others in our wonderful industry: Networking – Building a circle of contacts
- Research – Amass information about potential employers and contacts: Research the job market
- Presentation Skills – Summary of the important things that create a first impression: Presentation skills
Membership is free and open to all women in the mining industry. Wherever you work, WIM 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.