A Year in Review with the Adelaide Branch Student Chapter
2018 has been a fantastic year for the Adelaide Student Chapter. We have had record numbers at our events, with great support from the mining and metallurgy community.
We kicked off the year by helping with the annual AusIMM/GSA BBQ. Attendees gathered in the Mawson lecture theatre to listen to presentations from past students and afterwards enjoyed a BBQ dinner. This event was a great networking opportunity for both students and industry.
In April the Student Chapter hosted their 2018 Student Meets Industry Nights (SMI). The night was a great success with record numbers of students and industry members in attendance. This event gave students the opportunity to talk to company representatives about the industry and future employment options.
The student chapter hosted both a vacation work night and a resume workshop in the year. The vacation work night consisted of students talking about their experiences with vacation work and how they went about obtaining it. Many first and second year students were given insight into the industry and had more of an understanding of how to apply for vacation work.
Our resume workshop gave students the chance to discuss their resumes and interview techniques with industry representatives. Thank you to all industry representatives who gave their time to help our students with this.
Our 2018 Quiz Night was bigger than it has been in the last few years, selling all of our available tables. The night was hosted by Bearded Blonde Quiz Masters, which gave our committee the chance to attend the night as guests instead of hosts. It was a fun night that gave students the opportunity to meet and socialise with each other.
In late September, 13 students from the Adelaide University Student Chapter attended the New Leaders Conference (NLC) and National Mining Games (NMG) held in Sydney, NSW. The trip exposed these students to industry professionals and challenged their ideas of the industry. Students were exposed to a number of diverse presentations throughout the conference, with a reoccurring theme of the need for adaptability and life long learning in the future. Numerous presentations gave tips about networking in professional environments, and after conference events gave the students the opportunity to reinforce the networking skills they had learnt. With the completion of the conference the National Mining Games began. The Adelaide Student Chapter sent two teams to compete at the UNSW campus, with positive results. Adelaide came home with placings in numerous events, with one team coming second overall in the mixed competition.
Thank you to everyone that helped organise and fund the trip. The student chapter are aiming to send teams again next year.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers and the Adelaide Branch for your support this year. As well as everyone that attended our events in any capacity. We could not have run such successful events without your backing. I want to say thank you to Fontae Franks (2018 Student Chapter President) and the 2018 committee for a fantastic year. Next years’ committee plans to host all of the events that we hosted this year and I hope it can be as much of a success as this year has been. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Ainsley Bosch – 2019 Student Chapter President