Can you really find a job in the mines in australia and earn 150k with no experience electricity receiver

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James found that as an unskilled/unqualified potential mine site worker it was basically a waste of time approaching recruitment agencies. He found they aren’t very interested in you if you don’t have specialist skills to sell (eg engineering, trades, drilling experience etc). Plus they encourage you to get a heap of mining site tickets, which adds up to quite a lot of money, with no guarantee of a pay off.

James found his job through networking. He spent 3 months calling everyone he knew that had some connection to the mines. He called friends of friends of friends. He followed up every lead and was persistent yet patient. He knew because of his lack of experience there were a limited number of jobs he could get, so he identified those jobs and focused his efforts there. James works as a personal trainer and is a very sociable, connected person in his home city, so he had a good head start. But he estimates that he had at least 40 conversations with people before he got offered a job.

James’ job involves bagging and carrying ore samples from the drill. It’s dirty, dusty, back-breaking, monotonous and uncomfortable work. And that’s just in winter. James has to wear long sleeve shirts, trousers and a hard hat for sun protection so in the summer it will be almost unbearable.

James is extremely fit and strong and isn’t shy of hard physical labour. So he has a head start on many potential mine workers. The plain naked truth is that this sort of work doesn’t suit everyone. And it’s not just the physical, routine nature of the work you should consider. Often you’re working in remote locations, away from family and friends for extended periods. So there’s a substantial ongoing mental challenge as well. Although it’s a sobering thought, these are important points to consider before making the leap into the mining industry.

Mining companies have been burnt by high levels of unskilled worker turnover. They turn up and disappear almost before they’ve unpacked their bags. And mine sites are often in remote locations so it isn’t easy to replace a worker at short notice. So they test their workers out to see if they can demonstrate commitment, reliability, productivity and aptitude. Just like any other employer. It’s unfortunate to have to burst the “pot-of-gold” bubble but unless you have in-demand skills, mining companies do not appear to immediately hand you a bag of money. How will James get to earn good money in mining?

Well he’s already been looking around and his plan is to move into the construction area as a Tradesman’s Assistant. He has to prove himself first, get to know people and then wait for a vacancy. But he could then be earning $3,000 a week or around $150,000 a year. He has given himself a specific time frame to achieve this which he thinks is realistic. I also believe it counts in James’s favour that he’s doing this for a specific long term goal to set up his own business and secure his family’s future.

I am a geologist who has been working in coal exploration for 4 years and I’m not seeing six figures. I went 9 months without any work!! And even the jobs I get now are erratic. A few months ago I got a phone call saying I had a few weeks work an they needed me the next day! I had to leave my shifts at my casual job to get out there. You really have to pounce on any opportunity, because there’s not a lot of work round! I know many geos who are out of work! You never know when you will have work, or how long for. I’m tertiary qualified and am really bloody good at my job, and I’ve been made redundant twice already! There’s no job security and I’m always anxious about when ill get my next job. Even when I’m away, it’s hot, dry, work is hard and there’s a lot of pressure to meet deadlines. I’m away from my family. I work long days, haul boxes of core arounbd, and how much do I earn? I’m on less an hour than I am at my retail job (yes, I have to have a second job to get by). Mark Odame Kofi November 28, 2013 at 4:24 am