During a self-assessment, you learn about your interests, personality, values and aptitudes. You can use this information to gain a good understanding of where you are in your life and career in mining, and can use the results to find a good career match.

Finding career direction

For those interested in a career in mining and for those already working in the industry, it’s essential to have some form of career path planning and to set achievable targets to work towards. Take time to really think about your talents, your interests and where your passion lies, and then start planning and working towards achieving these goals.

Take charge of your own career

  • Always remember that you are in charge of your own destiny, not only in your personal life but also to a large extent in the work place.
  • Set achievable goals, and work towards them
  • Spend time on self-discovery and recognize your strengths and weaknesses
  • Think about where you feel you excel in your current job and where you don’t
  • Think of ways to improve the areas you are lacking in
  • Think about what type of roles excite you and that you feel you would be able to do well at
  • Devise a plan to work towards these goals
  • Ensure that your technical skills relevant to your job in mining are constantly being updated

Remember you need to be your own advocate, and this means you need to speak out if you feel you need more training, and don’t be afraid to ask for help in areas you feel you are lacking. Take control of your career development and when you feel you need additional help or training, a promotion, or whatever it is that you feel is going to fast track you on career path, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Examine and analyze both your soft skills and your hard skills and consider how they affect your career in mining

What is the difference between your soft skills and your hard skills and how to they affect your career in mining?

Soft Skills

Soft skills apply more to your personal characteristic and personality type; they are basically the personal traits and qualities that make us the person that we are. Your personality traits and character traits as well as your social skills are what make up your soft skills. These will include the following.

  • Your work ethic, moral grounding, and how these affect your attitude and relationship with work, these would include areas as well such as your time management skills and professionalism
  • Your communication skills, team collaboration and interpersonal skills and ability to work with and deal with people
  • Your problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as your listening skills and ability to understand what is required, and ability to take the information and to find a solution
  • Your flexibility and adaptability, this would include how flexible you are in the workplace and how you are able to adapt to change
  • Your leadership skills, facilitating skills and coaching skills

Do you have the necessary soft skills to have a successful career in mining?

Take the time to examine your soft skills and give some thought on where you feel you may be lacking, and what you can do to improve them. Your soft skills can be improved through self-awareness and assessment, through work and life experiences and through making a concerted effort to work on and improve those areas where you are lacking. Good soft skills are vital as they help us to do our jobs, and help us to effectively use our technical skills and knowledge to our best ability.

Employers in mining do not only look at your technical capability when hiring and looking at career planning. They also look at your character and personality traits, so these are vital factors when it comes to having a successful career in the mining industry.

Hard skills

Hard skills are your technical and functional abilities that would relate directly to the job that you are doing or wanting to apply for in mining. Hard skills are tangible and easily measured; they are also obtained primarily through training and education. Hard skills can be defined as being teachable which will help you in your career path, by being certified in a specific field. The following are examples of hard skills.

  • A degree or relevant certification
  • Proficiency in a language or a foreign language
  • Specific technical skills
  • Proficiency with software applications
  • Measuring calculating and analyzing data
  • Operating specific tools or machinery

Do you have the necessary hard skills to have a successful career in mining? Take the time to examine your hard skills and give some thought as to where you feel you may be lacking and what you can do to improve them. If you have the right hard skills relevant to the career in mining of your choice, it means you have valuable hard skills and this will help you tremendously in achieving your career. Your hard skills can be tremendously improved through assessing your proficiency and the essential skills needed in the mining industry, and taking action to ensure you have the right hard skills required for the job.

It is common perception that employees are only really interested in your hard skills i.e. that you are qualified and skilled enough to do the job. These hard skills are vital but one must not underestimate the importance of soft skills in the work place. Your soft skills are vital to the company as they are what will enable you to maintain a high level of professionalism, work ethic and accountability. Your ability to follow instruction, communicate and problem solve are all essential attributes you need to have in order to succeed in the mining industry and for your career.

Psychometric testing and their role in Self-Assessment

  • Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method to measure an individual’s mental capability as well as the individual’s behavioural style. They are generally designed to measure an individual’s suitability for a role based on a personality style and aptitude
  • Psychometric tests are increasingly being used by companies in mining to ensure they are hiring the right person. Psychometric tests are not just about luck. Prior preparation will improve your scores and make it easier to focus on what the recruiter is looking for in the testing process
  • Psychometric tests focus on certain aspects of your knowledge, such as verbal and numerical reasoning, as well as on your personality traits
  • These tests can be of great benefit in self-assessment, as they provide an objective way of assessing your strengths and weaknesses, and give you the tools to better understand your abilities


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