Despite economic downturn and concern over professional employment, the Australasian minerals industry is well positioned for the future, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) president Peter McCarthy said in a recent opinion piece.
“Australia and New Zealand are both good places to be at this time, and the minerals industry is probably the most reliable part of the Australian economy.”
While the economic situation may have changed, much of the practical and demographic problems remain, McCarthy said.
“There is and will continue to be a shortage of professional and technical people, regardless of where we are in the economic cycle,” he said.
According to McCarthy, the industry is cyclical, and the situations for professionals will change.
“Sometimes the available job might not be exactly the one that an individual might want, but be patient,” he said.
Students currently planning a career in the minerals industry would be well served to continue their studies, McCarthy said.
“This will make graduating students more attractive to employers, while allowing time for the current industry uncertainty to be resolved.”
According to McCarthy, in the current climate professionals should maintain contacts within the industry.
“Our advice to professionals in the industry is to maintain membership in The AusIMM or another appropriate professional body,” he said.
“Make the most of the networking and professional development opportunities provided.”
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