Dylan Wright from Geraldton Senior College got more than just good career advice at the recent Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance (GIOA) Mid West Careers Expo held at Durack. As a visitor to the Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance careers area, he entered the Sinosteel Midwest Corporation (SMC) competition to win an iPad2 and came out a winner.
“I took the punt and was glad it came off – I can now use it to check the Footy scores,” said Footy player and fan, Dylan, who also took advantage of the free Killer Python jelly with every entry.
More than 320 people entered the popular competition which asked entrants questions about mining and the environment.
“I think that the Killer Pythons were a definite drawcard to get people to enter the competition,” said Steve Neill, SMC Senior Environment Coordinator with SMC and chief distributor of the killer pythons.
“However we also had some great written responses, and more than 40% of people were genuinely interested in a possible career in the environment side of the mining game,” said Steve.
Attractive factors to wanting a career in the environmental team included the ever popular income, the chance to work outside and more importantly to care for the environment while doing something worthwhile –
Some of the comments provided included:
- “Because you’d be able to work to incorporate sustainability alongside making a profit for Australia”
- “You know you are making a difference in the way mining companies work and the sustainability of the environment.”
- “You would learn a lot about the environment and you would be with great people”
Steve, who has been a committed volunteer to the event since its inception wrapped it all up;
“It was a great day for all – including us seasoned veterans on the stand – it was inspiring to see so many young people interested in a wide range of mining career opportunities in the Mid West. We’ll be back next year!”