Society of Economic Geologists– Colorado School of Mines – Student Chapter Presentation
MRC has been making an effort to connect with students over the past several years. We understand they are the future of mining and are eager to learn and break into the job market.
Unfortunately, most of my clients express that new-grads/interns and entry level mining professionals just don’t understand the mechanics of the interview/on-boarding or early stages of their careers and the expectations of them professionally. Similarly, in my meetings with students over the years, I have learned they are ill prepared for what happens after University.
I recently had the opportunity to visit with the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Student Chapter at Colorado School of Mines to discuss these issues. In advance I developed a questionnaire to determine what areas they were most interested in learning about as they prepare to embark in their professional careers. The survey indicated that most of them were concerned with how/where to look for jobs, how to develop a network of industry professionals and use them to advance forward, what the interview process would look like, and what they could expect when they were made an offer and were on boarded with a new company.
I must admit that these questions are highly variable and difficult to answer! I attempted to put together a presentation for talking purposes that might help us dig into some of these areas. I have uploaded the presentation should anyone reading this have interest in viewing it. I received good feedback from the SEG group and many followed up on LinkedIn and by email which I was impressed with. I look forward to staying in touch with these burgeoning professionals as well as reaching out to more. I hope to present to other schools and other societies that are interested in learning more about how to market ones’ self in a highly competitive tightly knit industry like Mining.