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How to get a leg up in your mining career: Study

How to get a leg up in your mining career: Study < >

  • July 20, 2018 | 12:18 am
  • Employment Tips,Mining Employment

Have you considered going back to study? Intakes in mining university courses have dropped considerably in the last few years, with graduate numbers predicted to be at all-time lows in 2020. There has also been a decline in apprenticeship numbers in recent years.

Yet the state of the industry is continuing to improve — mining is on the uptick — and that means requirements for qualified personnel will only increase.

So, with the obvious shortfall in qualified people in the coming years, and the mining industry looking to attract more people to study a mining-related course in the next few years, is studying something you should consider?

We know it is not possible for everyone, but it is the ideal time to study a mining-related course. Who knows – a few years of minimal income while you study could lead to a career of high five- to six-figure salaries.

Let’s look at your options for study

There are courses of six months or shorter available leading to a qualification that will help you get a mining job.

The Australian Qualifications Framework has 10 levels of qualification, ranging from Level 1 (a Certificate I) through to Level 10, a Doctoral Degree. You can read more at AQF.

A Certificate at TAFE (short for Technical and Further Education, if you didn’t already know) may take as little as six months.  In contrast, a mining-related degree at university will take three to four years.

Check out these websites to further explore your options:

-For overseas students Study in Australia contains good information

-Australian-based students should start their search at Job Outlook.

Challenges to studying

Cost is a big reason many people simply do not complete further study. Not only will the cost of the course need to be covered, but you must also consider the lack of full-time income.

Costs to complete a certificate from a TAFE program can range from $4,000 to more than $20,000, and more for a three plus year degree. Fees vary depending on the course, location and institution. If you are living away from home or have a family to support, it can be difficult, but part-time study is available for many of the courses.  In some instances, financial assistance is available.

What to study

We have loads of information on careers, career pathways and entry-level mining jobs on our website. But Job Outlook also has a large number of careers listed here. You can review future job prospects there, too.

Career days, searching online, asking people already doing those roles in industry — or simply looking at the variety of vacant roles available — are all good starting points when exploring your options.

Enrolment centres at TAFEs or universities will have information or be able to provide guidance.

Doing an assessment to determine your interests and gain insight into your strengths could also be of benefit. There is information on  My future, but Monster also have several listed here.

While studying is not an option for everyone, if it is something that suits you, now is certainly a good time to consider what you want your future career to be.