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Digital Discovery Series – Future Workforce

Preparing the next
generation of
mining leaders

Are you future ready?

In this Digital Discovery Series we explore careers in mining, examine the skills needed in a rapidly changing sector, and consider how resources professionals can best prepare for changes to the industry and the workplace. Hear from experienced leaders and practitioners on the evolving needs of the industry, the future of mining education, and where a career in resources can take you.


Getting prepared for the
Workforce of the Future

AusIMM partners with organisations, such as Dassault Systèmes, who share our values and recognise the importance of professionals in shaping the future of the resources sector. This Dassault Systèmes e-book gives leaders insight into preparing for a new generation of tech-savvy workers. Click here for more information.

Article series: Future skills for the resources sector

Part 1

Examining the broader context of the future outlook of the sector, and how well-positioned the industry is to deal with change.

Featuring Rithin Payyanadan (Yokogawa) and Adrian Beer (Mets Ignited).

Part 2

Explaining the skills needed for future resources professionals to thrive.

Featuring Giles Lenz (Roy Hill), Mike Erickson (AngloGold Ashanti) and Peta Libby (Digirock).

Part 3

Exploring how educational institutions are adapting for the future needs of the industry.

Featuring Prof Bruce Hebblewhite (UNSW), Suzy Urbaniak (CoRE) and Prof Richard Durham (UWA).


5 minutes with geologist Claire Edwards

In 2010 we were excited to welcome our 10,000th AusIMM member, geologist Claire Edwards. At the time Claire was just starting her career in the resources sector. We caught up with Claire to find out where the last decade has taken her career and to see what advice she can offer others who are just starting out.

It’s taken a decade to be in a situation where my experience, commodity prices and timing have aligned so that I am able to be in a position of my choice, which is leading me in my chosen direction.

An online conference for mining's next generation of leaders

Do you know a student studying an industry-related undergraduate course? If they sign up to become an AusIMM Student member they will be entitled to register for our New Leaders Online conference for FREE as part of their membership benefits.

Industry report

In focus: Resources Education Collaboration Summit

AusIMM’s Resources Education Collaboration Summit (RECS) was hosted in Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian Government in October 2019.

The Summit provided an opportunity for key resources sector leaders and representatives from industry, education and government to come together and explore the future of the resources sector workforce.


Top advice for new mining professionals

We’ve collated the best advice and inspiration from our AusIMM Bulletin profiles of those who have ‘been there, done that’ and built highly successful careers.

Their words of wisdom are ideal for those considering a career in mining, or those who have just graduated and are about to start their first job on site,

Hear from Melanie McCarthy, Sandeep Biswas, Julie Shuttleworth and Elizabeth Croft as they share insights on getting the most out of your time in mining.

3 tips for a future leader

As the world changes, leaders also need to adapt to ensure that they’re effective in a drastically different landscape. In a recent article for the AusIMM Bulletin, Dr Ali Burston shared three skills future leaders can cultivate now in preparation for the opportunities and challenges ahead.  

1. Develop emotional intelligence

Leaders with high emotional intelligence are worth their weight in gold. In simple terms, as workers climb the corporate ladder, their role generally is more about managing others (and themselves) than it is about their specified technical skills. 

2. Be comfortable with change

Resistance to change occurs at all levels, and leaders are required to reduce perceived fear of the unknown and enable others to move through change more smoothly.

3. Provide challenges, encourage innovation and promote a sense of purpose

Leaders need to do more than facilitate and manage change; they need to encourage innovation as well. A leader that can promote innovative and creative thinking nurtures a culture that is flexible and offers rapid problem-solving.

Read the full AusIMM Bulletin article to learn more.

Other future workforce recommended reading

AusIMM Women in Mining Survey 2020

AusIMM Bulletin, May 2020

Data, analysis and insights from the leading survey of women’s participation in the resources sector, giving an evidence base upon which to build future efforts to continue creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for all women in resources. 

Skills needed for digital mines

AusIMM Bulletin, August 2019

Digitalised mines need specific professional skill sets that are more familiar for a tech company than a traditional mining corporation. This article highlights key capabilities needed for an effective, efficient digital mine. 

The future of compliance and skills monitoring in the resources sector

AusIMM Bulletin, May 2020

Safety, mobility and compliance are non-negotiables for today’s working environment, especially in the resources sector. One thing is certain – change is happening faster and it’s more complex and far-reaching than ever. How can the industry leverage new ways of thinking to make compliance and skills oversight more efficient?

Closing the skills gap in Australian mining

AusIMM Bulletin, May 2020

Research suggests industry and education institutions must work together to address the looming skills shortage in the Australian resources sector

Connect with your peers

Want more future workforce content? AusIMM’s New Professionals Network helps young AusIMM members build their networks and progress their careers.

AusIMM also has a number of student chapters in many Australian and international universities. Student members are supported to interact with peers, gain access to mentors and develop careers in the resources sector.

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