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Case Study: Spencer

Personal details
Degree:BSc Geosciences (Hons) Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Geosciences
Year of Graduation:Jun-2010
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Stonewall Mining
Job title: Mine Geologist
Occupational Sector: Geology
What has been your route to getting your current position?

I kept in touch with a contact I made while caddying at the Old Course I St. Andrews. He owned shares in gold mines throughout South Africa and eventually offered me a job after I graduated.

What does your job involve ?

Underground mapping, collation and management of old maps and data, grade control during ore processing, sampling, core logging and drilling oversight.

What are the best bits of your job ?

Underground mapping, core logging, and working out the three-dimensional models for ore patterns underground.

Why were you successful?

I just continued to keep in touch with my contact on a regular basis (every 2-3 month) with questions about the industry and being sure to show interest in the field.

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
The structural courses and ore geology courses were particularly helpful along with all of the field skills learned on the field excursions.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

In most mining operations like this one, be prepared for long/unusual hours and a compromised social experience. If you can get past those hurdles, the job experience is unlike any you will ever have. I have never learned as much about myself and the mining industry as I did in the 6 months I worked for Stonewall Mining in South Africa.