A career path and plan is nice to have, but as long as you’re open to opportunity, you can still take positive steps

Kristine is the Country Manager and Chief Representative for Woodside Energy.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people: people are key to success and enjoyment of the job, whether it’s those you work with on a daily basis or everyone you meet through the work you do. 

Describe your career path to your current job?

I had no prescriptive career path planned at all. After a fantastic, really enjoyable career in law enforcement, I found myself, by fortune and luck, working at Woodside – where the work is as rewarding and enjoyable – just on a different stage. A career path and plan is nice to have, but as long as you’re open to opportunity, you can still take positive steps. 

What attracted you to a career in mining & resources?

An opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn about a completely different business in a variety of new locations around the world. This industry offers as many varied opportunities as any other type of work, but the focus for us is providing clean, affordable, reliable energy to communities around the globe. 

How do you juggle working in resources with family life?

There is no perfect solution, and things will always change along the way, so the key is staying flexible and continuously prioritising what’s important both at home and at work. 

What do you think of the general perception that mining and resources is a male-dominated sector?

Statistics indicate it is still very much male dominated, but I see a visible change towards a better balance, with tangible action and dedicated targets improving how Woodside has progressed towards an environment that enables everyone to contribute.

What advice would you give to other women considering a career in the sector?

Anything is possible, you need to work hard and deliver results. The opportunities are there in both technical and general streams for anyone keen to contribute, so take the chance. It’s a rewarding career, especially when you work in a company that shares your values and respects the people and communities we live in. 

What initiatives/policies have your employer put in place to encourage more women to be involved in the sector?

Woodside has a strong workplace culture focusing on inclusion and diversity –supported by leadership at all levels – accountable for building the best conditions for everyone to deliver results. From graduate recruitment to executive leadership, the Woodside values and philosophy permeate all decisions and targets.