The Queensland Resources Council has run a forum to encourage girls to consider a career in the minerals and energy sector.
Nearly 30 female students from Nanango State High School attended the event held at Tarong Power Station.
Tarong Energy Chief executive Helen Gluer told the girls that a career in the resources sector had endless possibilities.
“I can tell you from my own experience that you’ll have several job changes in your lifetime,” she said.
“My first career was in accounting so I’m proof that there isn’t a straight forward path, but having passion for what you do is certainly the secret ingredient.”
Gluer talked about the various ‘mentors’ who have helped her throughout her career, which spans more than 25 years in banking, finance, and infrastructure. She emphasised that many of these mentors were males.
“Potential employers and colleagues don’t judge you on what gender you are. They look for confident and skilled workers, people who perform well and love what they do,” she said.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche said the forums, which are held at Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy schools across the state, are great platforms to show young females real examples of women working in the sector.
“Women make up just 11% of our members’ workforce, and in non-traditional roles the figure is 7%,” he said.
“With the current resources super cycle and the burgeoning demand for skilled people, we need to do more to attract women who are significantly under-represented in our workforce.
“These forums are just one element of QRC’s Women in Resources Action Plan, which we hope will increase the proportion of women in non-tradition roles from the current 7% to at least 12 percent by 2020.”