Renata Smoke, a third-year student at the University of Western Ontario, spent her summer working as a summer student with Noront Resources in the Ring of Fire district in northern Ontario doing core logging and geophysics.
Smoke says it’s a really exciting time to be working with a company like Noront in a mineral district that is at such an early stage of exploration.
She says she chose mining as a career path because she gets to spend lots of time outdoors, it’s challenging work, and it’s important to the way we live. She is also aware of the connection between mining operations and Aboriginal communities, and she loves that there is an increased push for better communication and relationships between mining companies and First Nations communities.
Her advice to students interested in a career in mining:
- Be excited, and show an interest in and passion for working in mining
- Networking is very important, so get to know people who are working in the industry – Smoke made some great connections at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention this past spring
- Work hard
- Always be willing to learn more
For more information about starting your career in the mining industry, check out www.acareerinmining.ca.