The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (TheAusIMM) is holding its annual Students Meet Industry (SMI) night on Wednesday 24 March 2010, at the Sofitel on Collins in the Melbourne CBD. The purpose of the SMI night is to provide an event that offers students an insight into the broad range of careers available within the minerals industry. The speakers at this event share their experiences in an attempt to provide tertiary students with a picture of the opportunities, benefits and challenges available to people in the minerals industry. In addition, a range of companies will provide students with information on career opportunities in the Minerals Industry through the industry tradeshow component of the evening.
Melbourne Student Chapter President Andrew Forsyth explained the purpose of the evening: “The SMI event is designed to provide students with access to information and industry contacts on the realities of working in the Minerals Industry. Companies participating are able to reach a wide audience of potential employees with minimal resources compared to other forms. More than anything else, the event facilitates networking which is critical for success in this industry.”
“Professionals in mining are given unique opportunities and the chance to address a range of technical, social and environmental challenges, and this event provides insight for those about to enter it,” added Mr Forsyth. Over 300 students from Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, Swinburne, La Trobe, Victoria, Deakin and Ballarat Universities are expected to attend the Students Meet Industry Night, as well as hear from a variety of companies such as Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Ivanhoe Australia, Peabody Pacific, Atlas Copco, AngloGold Ashanti, Worley Parsons, Iluka and Amdel. The AusIMM and its Women in Mining Network will also be represented at the evening.
The Minerals Council of Australia has estimated that approximately 7600 professionals will be needed to staff the sector by 2015. AusIMM Chief Executive Michael Catchpole indicated that the continuing drive towards global industrialisation will result in an upswing in the market that will require innovative individuals to meet demand. He said; “Beyond the current financial downturn, this is a cyclical industry that will need people to supply the emerging economies such as China and India. The opportunities for smart and capable new professionals in the industry will expand. As the leading organisation representing all professionals in the minerals industry, The AusIMM seeks to maximise the opportunities for professionals in the minerals sector, including students and graduates, as well as those experienced members of the industry.”