STUDENTS & GRADS
WIM & CSM Scholarships
WIM and the Camborne School of Mines Trust are delighted to offer two scholarships worth £6,000 each to two exceptional aspiring female Mining Engineers or Geologists. Click here to view the list of eligible CSM MSc programmes.
The application deadline is 2 August 2020, click here to find out more.
Paid Internship Opportunities-Summer 2020
The application stage is now closed. Thank you to all of those who applied for the internships. The WIM UK team will be in contact in due course to let you know whether you have made the shortlist or not.
Please note that the ability to host internships in summer 2020 will be dependent on the UK and global Covid-19 situation.
Read what last year’s Anglo American interns said about their experience.
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 holds Speed Mentoring Evenings a few times a year, at which women are given the opportunity to meet with mentors over an informal dinner to discuss their professional development goals and aspirations.
We will be hosting a Cornwall Mentoring Dinner during the Autumn, details to follow.
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.