Why are you in this industry/occupation?
I love Earth Science, especially Geology, and Technology, and here I can combine my technical understanding with my passion for developing high performing teams and working in an environment where intelligent people can be passionate about their work.
What are the benefits?
I feel great about going to work and have challenges and goals that are satisfying to achieve. I enjoy good steady, well paid work that allows me to live at home with my family, but still provides challenge. No FIFO, but can still work in the resources industry.
What are the drawbacks?
Usual ones around being a mother in paid full time work. But they are offset by my family’s flexibility and support, especially that of my husband.
Why do you encourage other women and girls to consider this industry/occupation?
Working in technical computing and IT in general provides intellectual and team challenge that is rewarding to participate in. You can develop your own career path, either staying purely technical, or use your technical background to support a technical team as a manager, building leadership and management proficiency. Roles in this area provide a lot of opportunity for innovative and “out-of-the-box” thinking, which makes the work stimulating and fun. And you get a steady, well-paid job into the bargain!