​Investing In Mining – Is It For You?

In one of our recent podcasts , we talked to Sprott US Holdings' CEO, President and experienced investor Rick Rule about his thoughts on investing in the mining industry. His view, and it's a commonly held view for many good reasons, is that "investment is paramount to survival in the mining industry." Certainly many junior miners without operation...
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​Top Tips For Landing A Position In A Graduate Programme

​ Whilst mining graduates may currently be in short supply across most disciplines, from engineers through to metallurgists and everything in between, there are however still enough of you / them floating around to make mining graduate programmes a worthwhile exercise. Both for the companies that offer them, and for the graduates who are interested...
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​Wearables – Innovative Or Invasive Technology?

First there was the smartphone and now we have wearables. These devices, also referred to as wearable technology or wearable devices, are becoming the norm rather than the exception in today's increasingly high tech working environments. But what exactly are 'wearables'? Many smartphone devotees these days would consider that device to be a wearabl...
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​A Clear Vision For Your Career – Do You Have One?

Many of us wander through life without any sort of vision about where we're heading. It can be likened to hopping in your car and just driving around without any idea of where you want to go. Whilst this can be a nice way to while away a few hours on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, especially if your aimless driving happens to take you past a few ...
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​What Are Podcasts, And Why You Should Use Them

Podcast - a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. ~ Google dictionary In 2014, Edison Research discovered that 39 million people in America were in the habit of listening to podcasts on ...
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​Current Mining Skills Hotspots – What Are They?

As the current mining boom continues at full swing, it may be useful to take a quick look at where the 'skill hotspots' are at the moment. According to the Minerals Council of Australia, there are already trends emerging in some unexpected areas in that country. Sure, we know that most mining professionals are going to be, or are already, in very s...
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​Upskilling Your Way To More Relevance In The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Another age of increasing mechanism and technology is here, forcing the employee who wants to remain relevant, and employable, to keep pace. When global recruitment agency Hays conducted a survey of nearly 1000 employers, they found that more than three quarters of them said they'd shortlist a candidate who continually upskilled over one who doesn'...
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Working Abroad – Could It Benefit Your Career?

Mining is a global industry – no surprises there! With the global shortage of talent within the industry, the opportunities for working abroad are currently more plentiful than ever before. It's an ideal time for professionals and tradespeople in mining related occupations and trades to broaden their horizons by taking overseas jobs. It may also be...
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Tweaking Your Resume And/Or CV For More Effectiveness

Mining companies globally are looking for skilled professionals but that doesn't mean you're an automatic shoo-in for the job! Regardless of your qualifications. You still need to stand out amongst other applicants so you reach the shortlist, even though it's probably a very short shortlist for some mining professions! One thing you can do to help ...
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Theme Parks, The Grand Egyptian Museum, And Your Local Mine – What Could They Have In Common?

​Th e entertainment industry long ago realised the value of virtual reality. The technology allows us to walk with dinosaurs, and do any number of absolutely amazing things that are 'virtually' impossible to do in real life. The recently opened Grand Egyptian Museum for example offers intending visitors the opportunity to take a virtual walk throug...
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​Climate Smart Mining And Helping Fuel A Low Carbon Economy

One of the topics that continually appears in most 'top mining trends' lists is that of the industry's role in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. What is a low-carbon economy and what are the implications for the mining industry? Wikipedia defines a 'low-carbon economy' as one based on power sources that are derived from low carbon raw material...
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​The Future Of Mining Work

Few would argue that the 'Future of Work' is no longer a distant concept to be worried about at some point in the future but a very real, and very current, reality! Therefore, what does a current high school student considering a career in mining have to look forward to? What sort of skill sets will he, or she, require in the modern mining employme...
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​What Does A Future Ready Mining Company Look Like?

The modern, and future, mining workforce is changing at a rapid rate of knots. Previously digital transformation meant companies were focusing on how these types of technologies could reduce costs and improve efficiency. These days though it's more about preparing and positioning the workforce to take advantage of the way these changes wi...
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Blockchain - The New Kid On The Block For Mining

​ If you know anything about cryptocurrency, you probably also know a bit about blockchain technology. Because it was originally designed to be a public transaction ledger for cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin, it has a lot of built in security features to reduce theft and fraud. For those who may not know all that much about it, here's a quick Bloc...
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The Importance Of Health Insurance

​ There's no question that insurance matters. Regardless of what industry one works in, having even basic insurance cover helps protect against those unexpected things that happen in life. However, with the bigger wages and salaries typically offered in mining jobs, it means mining employees may also have more to lose financially. Not only is there...
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​Western Australia's New Mental Health Code For FIFO Workers

The world's biggest FIFO economy has introduced a new code that legislates the responsibilities of mining and construction companies towards the workplace mental health of their FIFO employees. The West Australian government initiative is a first for Australia, and requires mining and construction companies to provide mentally healthy workplac...
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Bulgarian Mining - How Young Professionals See It

​ Bulgaria has a number of important mineral resources, notably bauxite, coal, copper, lead, zinc and more recently, gold. Rhodochrosite, valued for its gemstone qualities, is also found here, as are many other significant, and not so significant, minerals. However, according to many sources, hazardous working conditions, pollution, and serious env...
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​Greening Mining Vehicles – The ICMM's Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles

In October 2018 the International Council on Mining and Metals announced its Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles. It comes as a result of some significant statistics around the industry's impact on the environment, and the safety record of mining vehicles. For example, a report compiled by Statista indicated that in 2016 10 mining companies betwe...
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The Aurus III Copper Venture Fund

Copper is one of those metals that the world is going to need more of as we move into clean energy. One major reason for this is its recyclability, which gives it some important advantages over other materials that aren't quite so easily recycled. Other reasons include the fact that many of the technologies involved in producing environmentally fri...
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Weeds And Mining

According to Wikipedia, a 'weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place"'. They range in scope from pesky little intruders that mar the smooth perfection of your bowling green lawn right through to marauding invaders that take over entire tracts of land. Either way, they're a nuisance and potentially...
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