It is the best thing I have ever done, not just for me but for my family

Nicole is a Divisional Secretary & Admin Supervisor at Rio Tinto. She likes that her job gives her the opportunity to meet so many people from different backgrounds.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The thing I enjoy most about my job is getting to meet a variety of different people and also getting to work with 8 other women in mining.

Describe your career path to your current job?

I started Admin when I left school and continued on with it until I had my children. I returned to the workforce about 3 years ago as department secretary. After doing that role for 9 months I moved to Divisional secretary and now supervise the Admin team as well. The next step for me ideally would be a superintendent role on the mine site as well.

What attracted you to a career in mining and resources?

Living in a mining town is what attracted me to the role.

How do you juggle working in mining and resources with family life?

It can be a challenge at times but I find organisation is key to success here. Ensure the use of reminders in calendars for activities etc. Meal prep is also a good way to save time.

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

I think that as a whole it is a male-dominated environment however women are generally given the same opportunities as males. It is a fair work environment

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

Jump in with both feet. It is the best thing I have ever done, not just for me but for my family.

What’s the biggest thing you would like other women to know about working in mining and resources?

The opportunities are endless if you have the drive and passion to do a good job.