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What is your advice to girls and women about working in non-traditional roles/ industries?
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What did you want to be or do when you left school?
I was interested in becoming a Speech pathologist, the survey at school informed me I would be a good stationary store owner. I took a summer position at BHP Roxby downs after Uni and loved the underground work and remoteness of the lifestyle.
Did you know about the industry you now work in before you started?
No, I had completed a Bachelor of Arts and was planning a career as a speech pathologist.
The coolest things about working in your industry are.
Every day is different and there are always new things to discover and learn. I love to visit remote survey crews all over the world, each place is unique with new challenges. The people are fantastic and diverse, everyone is treated equally, and we love to work together to solve problems.
What do you love most about your role?
see above 🙂
Were there hobbies or interests that influenced your career?
Yes, my love of travel!
What are some things that helped in your career?
I love to travel, all my subjects at Uni had field trips so I knew a career with travel was important to me. Over the years I have been involved in many different projects to encourage young women to be their best including Curious Minds, School, University and TAFE talks, and demonstrations. I have several interests outside my primary role including advisory board member, tech start-up, research board member, committee member for ILFSN etc.
I have also received several awards and scholarships that have helped me improve my skills.
Saying yes to new opportunities and questioning things have helped me in my career.
What or who has influenced your career journey?
I have had some great mentors in the industry who always encouraged me to take on the challenge, and my family have always been great supporters especially when I had young children. Outside influencers such as Oprah, Michelle Obama, Andrew Forrest, and other business owners added to the pool of knowledge that I have used along the way.
What subjects did you love or were you good at in school?
I was an average student who worked hard to get average grades. My favourite subjects were geography and art (although I’m a very average artist).
What type of qualifications did you study?
- University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Geography
- Harvard Business School – Leadership Best Practises
- University of Oxford – Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program
What are the types of roles you’ve had?
- Managing Director, Mining
- Director, Resources
- Director, Mineral exploration
- Member Minister Energy Advisory Committee
Lastly, how are you making your own mark?
Being passionate about what I do, continually learning, being open to new opportunities, and encouraging others to be their best.