Why are you in this industry/occupation?

I have grown up in a country where mining is the main driver of the economy and where it was expected of me that I would follow in my grandfather’s and father’s footsteps so I think mining has played a big part in my life since I was born. I can remember the first time I went to my father’s work place and saw this 700t haul truck parked up at the front gate and my first thought was “I will drive one when I grow up”. Today, I can say that I have not only driven a similar truck but – as a mining engineer turned into a geologist – I have also been involved in the areas of exploration planning and drilling, geological data management and modelling, exploration, resource and mine geology, resource estimation and resource governance.

What are the benefits?

Mining brings you to various parts of the world. In my current and previous roles, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and work in Australia, Suriname, Peru, Chile, Brazil, USA, South Africa, and Switzerland.

What are the drawbacks?

It is very important to find a good balance between work, personal and social life. When you spend a lot of time at work, because you are passionate about what you are doing, you need to make sure that you take the time to enjoy your achievements otherwise life will pass you by.

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

I could not imagine a more fulfilling career. Mining has brought me from Suriname – a country in South America with a population of approximately 500,000 – to Australia. In my current role, I have the opportunity to work with people across the globe that have different backgrounds, skill sets and experience levels. I would encourage girls and young women to consider the mining industry as there have been – and still are – many more opportunities for females to grow and learn. Nowadays, a lot of companies realise that you need to have a diverse workforce to perform better so what better way to do this than a workplace with equal percentage of men and women.

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