What are you in this industry/occupation?

I enjoyed Maths and Chemistry in high school and was Interested in a career that would combine desk and outdoors work. In year 10 I attended a Chamber of Minerals and Energy weekend field trip which showcased University courses that lead to a career in the mining industry and included a trip to WA School of Mines (Kalgoorlie) and mine/refinery sites. It seemed like an exciting and different career path.

What are the benefits?

Every day is different, there are always new challenges to investigate and resolve. By developing experience in many chemical processes I can now provide technical support to all areas in an alumina refinery. My career has offered me the opportunity to work in other countries, including 5 months working in Brazil commissioning in an alumina refinery. Flexibility is another benefit; I am a mother of two and I have worked part time for 3 years, enabling me to continue my career while raising my family.

Why do you encourage other women and girls to consider this industry/occupation?

I believe it’s important for women and girls to grow their awareness of all career opportunities, particularly those that are “non traditional”. I have seen an increase in the participation of women in the mining industry at all levels.The mining industry can provide challenging and unique career opportunities.

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