The resource sector has long been a vital industry vital to the growth of the Hunter New England region and the national economy at large. It is the very core of our community. Sitting at the heart of the future of the sector; is the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Hunter New England Chapter.
Yak Staff Writer Ben Collison caught up with Chapter Vice President, Sophie Gillogly to chat about how the Chapter is connecting University of Newcastle students with leading industry organisations as well as providing countless professional opportunities across the nation.
AusIMM offers students the opportunity to engage and network with other students and industry representatives through casual events like BBQ’s to professional networking nights where students have the opportunity to connect with leading mining organisations.
“Our society is multifaceted in the way that mining is multifaceted. Our Chapter brings together students studying various engineering disciplines such as mining, mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and students studying human resources, businesses and accounting.
“AusIMM is about maintaining a high standard of professional conduct within the resource sector, sharing skills across the industry, and investing in the future of the resource sector. Students are a huge part of the future, and we are fortunate to have sponsors who actively promote and participate in our events where they share insights and prepare students for what is to be expected”, said Sophie.
“A big event we put focus on each year is our Student Meet Industry “BHP, Glencore, Junction hotel reached out to students night which provides an opportunity for students to interact and connect with industry reps”
On the horizon, the Chapter is preparing to participate in the New Leaders Summit.
“We have the new leader’s summit coming up in Adelaide where we are sending one of our committee members. This provides an opportunity to learn from experienced mining professionals and discuss topics that are impacting young professionals’ careers in the resource sector”.
Sophie who is a Mining Engineer Intern with Glencore whilst completing a double degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) and Business; recently was the beneficiary of the Education Endowment Fund (EEF). The EEF identifies future industry leaders and provides them with meaningful opportunities to develop professionally.
One such opportunity was the recent field trip to Tasmania where Sophie collaborated with fellow undergraduates from a diverse range of backgrounds including civil engineering, renewable energy, petroleum, processing, and geology.
The EFF also connected Sophie with a mentor. Through her mentor, Sophie has been able to dig into the facets of the industry and gain valuable insights into the diverse opportunities.
“In 2024 we are looking to send some student members to the AusIMM national mining games. Last year it was held in WA with over 150 students from across Australia. The games provide an opportunity for student members to increase their understanding of the mining industry, network with other students and get personal and professional development through workshops held over a few days”.
“I strongly encourage all students to join AusIMM and get involved even if you are not studying engineering”.
Member is free with AusIMM covering the costs.
To more information on how you can get involved with AusIMM, click HERE