First 100 Days as a Graduate on Site

Your first 100 days as a graduate mining engineer on a new mine site is crucial. Like any other role or profession, it is important to get an understanding on how to make the maximum impact in your new role. If you get it right from the beginning, you can continue to enjoy accelerated success in your career ambitions. The first 100 days or first three months is usually seen as ‘the settling in’ period. It is the time to demonstrate early actions, wins and tangible deliverables to relevant stakeholders. 

As a graduate it can be quite overwhelming being on a site especially if it is your first time or on a new site. One of the best things you can do is to prepare! Get an idea of the mine site prior to arriving – yes this involves some googling or finding out from other colleagues/employees in your organisation who may have worked there before, who you’ll report to and who you will be working with to start off. 

It is also a good idea to get an understanding of what role you will be covering and what the role entails. Having a clear understanding of expectations will help a lot. Three of the most important things to demonstrate from the onset is punctuality, your reliability and willingness to learn. 

Within the first month, get to know site personnel by investing your energy in building new networks and establishing new stakeholder relationships. This is a simple yet critical step a lot of graduates overlook which impedes their progress on site. The importance of pit tours cannot be understated. Be confident, exercise patience, resilience and be a fast learner. Also, don’t be afraid of your mistakes! We all make mistakes at times but what’s important is that we learn and not repeat them. 

No mine site will expect you to solve all the site’s problems as a graduate either. You are there primarily to learn and grow in the first few months. While there will be time pressures and a steep learning curve don’t be afraid to reach out for support. 

Being a resilient leader in the wake of COVID-19

Written by MEC Mining’s Technical Services Manager, Erin Sweeney

The human brain is an amazing thing, it is the central control of our bodies keeping us alive. It stores our memories and uses them helps us navigate and assign meaning to the complex world of interacting with other humans, things and events by linking emotions to the myriad of data coming in from our sensors all in an effort to keep us safe and alive. If we leave this process on auto-control our lives can quickly get overwhelming when we face times that are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.

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Career pivots: how to make it happen

“Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor, but success comes where preparation and opportunity meet”

This excerpt is by MEC Mining’s Technical Services Manager, Erin Sweeney: A results-focused and experienced mining professional who has worked across a broad range of commodities including gold, base metals, iron ore and coal operations. Her background lies in geotechnical engineering, designing, modelling and implementing cost-effective, innovative mine solutions in both site-based and in consultative roles. Erin has leveraged these skills into project management and then leadership roles with a focus on adding value, ensuring safe sustainable cash flow and growth through technical influence.

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Five Top Tips for Choosing the Right Role: Career Opportunities for Graduate Mining Engineers

Written by Loren Ager, MEC Mining – Principal of Learning & Development

Graduating from university is an exciting but nerve-wracking time.  Mining industry graduate programs are highly competitive, offer diverse career development opportunities and are often highly paid.  Being organised early and planning for the right job choice can help with the transition from university student to graduate mining engineer. 

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How to keep yourself productive when working from home: six tips for the uninitiated

First and foremost, our hearts go out to those across the globe who are impacted by the COVID-19 virus. With the current threat level of this virus, we can expect disturbances to our work life, as well as our home life – including changes to where we set up for work each day. In the coming weeks, more and more employees in Australia will be encouraged and/or directed to work from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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