Meet Hannah, a resource geologist based out of Perth
Hannah and her fiance both work in mining. By taking advantage of the FIFO mining lifestyle, they earn a premium for hard work and enjoy extended breaks together. Here, she tells us what it's like to be a women in the male-dominated world of Australian mining…
Did you need to study anything in particular to get the job? Yes, a three-year university degree.
Are you residential or FIFO? FIFO
Why does the industry work for you? Salary; my fiancé also works in the industry so we enjoy extended breaks together; great friendships on site; and I find my job interesting and varied.
What do you love/hate about it? Love: money, people, seeing remote Australia. Hate: hours of work and getting up early!, missing out on things if you are at work, camp food.
Does your gender affect the way you’re treated in the industry? Yes, people maybe go more easy on you, guys don’t mind changing your tyres etc!
Would you recommend the industry to other women? Yes, there are a lot more women than when I started 10 years ago and from a variety of backgrounds, so you’ll find people you get along with and that’s what gets you through the day.
Can you offer any tips on moving up the industry ladder? Showing initiative and a keenness to learn more.
Do you have any other advice for women keen to work in mining? "Get your foot in the door". So you want to be a truckie, but only cleaner jobs are going? Many a time I’ve seen people are more likely to hire someone they know with no experience and train them, than advertise for someone with experience. Many a woman has started her mining career as a cleaner and is now doing so much more! But you also have to give it time.
It's estimated that women account for less than 20 per cent of Australia's mining workforce, compared with around 40 per cent of the workforce in general. But considering mining is generally thought of as a pretty 'blokey' kind of industry, that's not such a bad figure.
In our 'women in mining' section, MiningFM aims is to celebrate women at coalface. We'd love to hear your story: how you entered the industry, why it works for you and any advice you can offer to other women keen to be a part of Australia's booming mining industry. Tell us about it...
Other great women in mining:
- Burkie, the first woman to receive her ticket for the HS002 Hydraulic Shovel at Xstrata's Ernest Henry Mining in Cloncurry, Qld.
- Maura, a mining administration guru in Perth