The best part of the programme were the field trips, independent mapping projects, and fourth year research project.
“I project manage a diamond drill campaign in the Surinamese Interior, 250km's from civilisation. Travel to work includes an international flight, followed by a single engine Cessna, a hollowed-out canoe and finally an ATV ride to camp.
“The remoteness and the high intensity work can get you down, but working in the jungle is an amazing experience. You get to meet and work with a variety of cultures and experience things that you could not on a holiday.
Made in Manchester
“After graduation I used InfoMine to search for junior mining companies, and then joined LinkedIn to search for senior management within those companies. Then I sent personalised emails, letters, and phone calls to all until I found a Junior Geologist or Lab Management role with Angel Mining Plc in Greenland. Then I moved to Exploration Alliance Ltd through acquaintances I met in the industry.
“The key skills I gained from my degree were the fundamentals of geology and the ability to self-teach by reading scientific journals. Students wishing to follow a similar path to me should become a member of the AusIMM and the SEG which will help their professional development.
“The most important advice is to find work experience whilst studying. This will provide you with the connections you need in the future. Internships look great on your CV so don't worry about little or no pay, the experience is much more important. Listen and learn - detail is everything.”