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    GeoConnection Webinar:
    Geoscience Careers in Minerals Exploration

    Join us to listen to the following speakers discuss geoscience careers in minerals exploration.

    Professor Bill Chavez, New Mexico Technical University
    David Groves, Newmont Mining
    M. Steve Enders, Society of Economic Geologists

    The speakers will discuss the following topics:
    1) How to prepare yourself for a career in minerals exploration. Find out what type of academic background recruiters are looking for in geoscience graduates.
    2) An overview of the minerals exploration industry including an explanation of what a junior exploration company does vs. an intermediate sized or major exploration / mining company. Find out what career paths exist in the different types of companies.
    3) The future outlook for employment opportunities in the minerals exploration industry.

    Webinar co-sponsors:
    PreCambrian Research Center, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    Australian Institute of Geoscientists
    MiHR (Mining Industry Human Resources Council)
    Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

    Society of Economic Geologists

    Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

    Additional Questions & Answers from the webinar:

    Q:  Is progress in career path based on level of education or experience? What do employers look at on a resume and in an interview?

    A: [M. Steve Enders]:  Progress in a career path is based almost entirely on the value of your contributions and impact from your current job. An education is required to so you can do your job. I believe we discussed several key things that employers want during the Q&A session during the webinar.


    Q:  What would you suggest for Ph.D student on environmental science who's thinking about changing career into mining remediation?

    A: [M. Steve Enders]:  Get a job or internship with an environmental department of a mining company. An environmental science education background does not necessarily have to be specifically focused on mining. Job experience is the biggest key here.

    A: [Bill Chavez]:  Check on government internship jobs in mine inspections (NOT full-time, as you will need mine experience to be an effective reviewer of mines/reclamation). This would provide for firsthand knowledge of what mines are expected (rightly or otherwise) to do in terms of meeting environmental standards, and how the supervisory agencies deal with mine remediation issues and follow-ups.


    Q:  Does Newmont have cooperation agreements with universities outside of the US?

    A: [Dave Groves]:  Newmont has relationships with universities within its operating sphere, notably the western United States, Peru, Ghana, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Beyond that, we work with universities with SEG student chapters, field-intensive curricula and/or faculty providing instruction and research in Economic Geology.


    Q:  What is your opinion about the condition of the students in countries which have many natural resources (for example oil and gas) and have many undiscovered mineral resources, and their government has no plan to activate the mineral resources. What is your advice to economic geologist students in these countries?

    A: [M. Steve Enders]:  If at all possible, get experience in another country, particularly in a country with good mining laws and a robust industry. Alternatively, go to one of these countries for an advanced degree. Learn from some good examples, then come home and help change the system.

    A: [Dave Groves]:  Absent a progressive mining law and attractive fiscal regime, the country you reference will lose exploration dollars and mining investment to those countries that do. I would seek employment in a country with a vibrant exploration and mining industry and use the experience you gain to educate others in the country you reference.


    Q:  What would be the best places to look for opportunities in the mineral industry for people in Europe?

    A: [M. Steve Enders]:  Europe is starting to recognize the importance of mineral resources to their economies, so you might want to see what is happening in the region. You can also contact Jens Gutzmer at Freiberg in Germany or Lluis Fontbote at Geneva in Switzerland. Both of these guys are professors of economic geology and fellows of the Society of Economic Geologists and should be plugged into what is happening in the region. My best advice, however, is to get out of Europe and find a job elsewhere in the world. Europeans typically know two, three or four languages and might find an easier time adapting to another country and culture as a result. For example, there are opportunities in French-speaking countries in Africa and in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

    A: [Dave Groves]:  Europe is home to some of the largest diversified mining companies – Rio Tinto, AngloAmerican and Xstrata to name a few – as well as a number of junior companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. The larger companies have recruiting programs that include European universities and intern positions at their operations around the world. As a European, you may also have command of a second language like French that opens up possibilities for employment in francophone countries. Last but not least, follow Steve’s advice and expand your network through organizations like the ones who sponsored this webinar.


    Q:  Currently I'm working on my Bachelor's degree in geology and would like to do a PhD in economic geology afterwards, preferentially in the US or Canada. However, regarding the current economic situation, I'm not sure whether it is a good idea. If possible I'd like to do a project of economic interest and not just academic interest. Could you share some advice on this proposed idea?

    A: [M. Steve Enders]:  In today's hot mineral resource market, I think anyone with a good solid educational background and some work experience like yourself should be able to find an interesting and challenging job. This should provide not only a decent salary, but great experience and a chance to continue learning as well. If at all possible get a job before thinking about going back to get your PhD. Reconsider going back to school to get a PhD when either of the following circumstances occur:

    1) The minerals resource market goes into a downturn and you lose your job or you end up feeling that your job is leading nowhere and you've stopped learing something new.

    2) Your job leads to an opportunity to study a particularly interesting field area or geological problem that would make for an excellent PhD dissertation topic. Then advance this research as much as possible while on the job so you can be more time efficient with your PhD program at the university you chose.

    3) Best of all, see if your employer is interested in providing you financial support and/or time to actually do your PhD studies and research. This is often the case for companies who want to invest in a high-potential employee who is motivated to continue learning - especially on one of their own projects.

    Figure out where you might want to go to school for a PhD program later, once all of these things have played out! In the meantime, enjoy life and get some job experience!


    Q:  I am curious to find out if there are any student opportunities available in Canada in mining and exploration.

    A: [Dave Groves]:  All open positions are posted on our website at In order to be considered for our internships or full-time opportunities, it is necessary to submit an online application. Complete the following steps to access a listing of current open positions and apply:

    • Click on Careers
    • For Internships and New Grad Opportunities, Click Student Opportunities
    • For Experienced Hire Opportunities, Click on Professional Opportunities
    • Submit an online application for positions which match your interests and qualifications


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