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Graduate jobs

Minerals and energy companies are seeking talented graduates to join their companies on their specialist graduate programs across a range of technical disciplines.

Most opportunities are for graduates from engineering (mining, metallurgy, chemical, civil, environment, mechanical, mechatronic, electrical) or science (earth, environment, surveying). However, there are many job opportunities in the areas of business, law, health and safety, human resources, accounting, communications and more.

Did you know?

  • Graduate jobs are typically based out on site, in the field or sometimes in a city office.
  • Depending on the company, there may be an established graduate program.
  • Graduate programs can be anywhere from one year to three years in duration.
  • Many graduate programs, especially with the larger companies, involve four, six month rotations over a two-year period. Such rotations are aimed to give graduates exposure to a variety of aspects to the business and site operations. Rotations allow graduates to see what they most enjoy and succeed in, and can then focus their ongoing career development with that company in this area.

New entrants to the minerals or energy sector are typically well paid. However, graduates should be cautious not to base their entire decision to join a company, or the industry, on the size of the salary.

There are other important things to consider, such as:

  • What commodity or industry sector do you want to gain experience in?
  • Do you want to work for a consulting or contracting company?
  • Will you be living residentially in a mining town or in a city or major town centre?
  • Are they offering a fly-in-fly-out operation or residential role? What is the roster?
  • If you have a partner and you are relocating, are there opportunities for them?
  • Does the company culture and graduate program seem like a good fit for you?
  • Are there opportunities for professional development or travel?

Securing your ideal mining graduate job can be competitive. In addition to doing your best in your university studies, gaining a scholarship or vac work is a good way to get a foot in the door with a company, as well as making an effort to seek out industry contacts and mentors by attending industry networking events or attending technical seminars and conferences can also be worthwhile. You should also try to stay informed on industry issues to assist you in targeting your graduate job applications and career ambitions.

Most companies advertise their graduate programs from January to April each year, so to ensure you don't miss out, start researching positions and preparing your CV and applications early in the year.

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Keep up to date with graduate opportunities as they come up through our Facebook page Graduate Jobs with Mining and Energy Companies.

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