SA Mines and Energy Journal : August-Sept 2010
This year will see record numbers of graduates in geology and Honours geoscience disciplines from the Adelaide University. Before they scatter to the winds, resource companies can recruit them with financial and practical assistance from the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy through the Geoscientist Assistance Program (GAP). While most of the 2010 Honours cohort wrap up their course work and focus on their theses, a small number of third-year and honours students are completing their studies mid-year and asking: "What's next?" Large corporations are finalising their graduate intakes, and Western Australia and Queensland will soon be looking again to entice the best of the best interstate. The GAP is designed to assist SA-based resource companies, graduates and unemployed or underemployed geoscientists so we can keep the talent in this state. During the oppressed economic conditions in 2008 and 2009, graduates in geology had difficulty securing work and a higher-than-usual number took up positions interstate. Although interstate and overseas postings provide The graduates are coming! Now is the time to recruit graduate geologists with assistance from the Geoscientist Assistance Program. Most graduates have a strong preference for their first jobs to be in SA 30 EDUCATION AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL Kate Walsh carries out field work through the Geoscientist Assistance Program.