Armed with a relevant and practical degree in extractive metallurgy, Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) graduate, Ryan Beatson, has secured employment in the mining industry despite the gloomy economic climate.
Mr Beatson, originally from Bunbury, completed his Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) in 2008 before securing a two-year graduate position at the Gold Fields Australia’s St Ives Gold Mine.
For the 22-year-old, it’s the chance of a lifetime.
“Since I was young I have had an interest in science and mining,” Mr Beatson said.
“It’s a great job, and I was lucky enough to go to WASM where I was given the chance to obtain a solid university education, practical experience and a great range of skills.
“There is no better place to study extractive metallurgy and other mining related courses than the WASM campus in Kalgoorlie.”
The School is regularly visited by industry representatives through forums such as careers fairs, allowing students to network with industry professionals and secure vacation work opportunities.
“This is a great help in gaining valuable hands-on experience,” he said.
“Once I am finished with my graduate program, I will consider my position and my options.
“I may go overseas to work, travel and further my experience.”