​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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​Geologists – Do They Have A Future In Mining?

Career options for geologists have come a long way over the past few decades as the march of technology offers more and more opportunities beyond the traditional exploration and mining options. Where once upon a time a geologist could expect to spend their working years specialising in either finding minerals, or figuring out the best ways to dig t...
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​The Value Of Start-Ups To The Mining Industry

The mining industry is a world leader when it comes to certain types of innovation, notably in the areas of automation and water use. However, much of this innovation wouldn't be possible without start-ups. When New Year's Eve 2017/18 rolled around, there were some 200 start-ups globally working on mining related projects. Many of them are located ...
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Managing And Protecting Your Money

It sounds simple but it's a principle that's very often forgotten when it comes to money. If you spend more than you earn, you'll end up in debt. Spending as much as you earn probably won't land you in debt until or unless you end up with an emergency you're not prepared financially to cope with. Spending less than you earn on the other hand has ma...
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Tips For Achieving A Bonus

You've worked hard over the past year. Your company pays bonuses and you're getting starry eyed at the thought what that extra money will mean to you! Perhaps you've earmarked it to pay off some pesky bills. Or you're going to treat yourself to something you've been eyeing off for months. However you plan to spend it, the fact is that you've got to...
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​Dealing With That Difficult Co-Worker, Or Manager.

 Diff icult people are all around us. It's also probably fair to say that at some point in our lives most of us have been difficult too. However, when 'being difficult' translates to disrupting our workplace, it's time for a reassessment. Furthermore, mine sites, particularly if you're a FIFO worker, are not good places to be if you have serio...
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