Staying up to date with the latest training in the mining industry is imperative, especially in today’s market, where job losses have been rampant in recent years, and the mining industry having been especially hard hit.  Amidst all the uncertainty, it is important to remember that experienced, highly trained and competent people contribute to the success of the company, so in order to reduce your chances of being laid off, or if you are already unemployed remember that in order to be able to find a job you need to make yourself indispensable. Having a degree behind your name is in today’s world is not necessarily enough.  To stay competitive and in demand, you will probably need to look into additional training and certifications to stay relevant, up to date and in demand.

While training can be expensive, if you can afford it, the long term benefits are worth its weight in gold. The better qualified you are, the better chances you have of being employed. The key to this though is to have your finger on the pulse at all times and know what skills are in demand. The reality is that there are a lot of people who are highly qualified and still finding it difficult to find a job, so it’s imperative to ensure that when you look into training and furthering your education, that you pick the right courses.

The more skilled and trained you are, the better it will serve you in your job search because you will be immediately productive without the company having to invest time and money into getting you trained. Gone are the days where the provision of training and development by a company is guaranteed. Many companies now just do not have the time, or the money to provide you with training, so more and more often now the onus is on you as the job seeker to keep yourself up to date. You need to think about how you are going to stand out amongst your fellow job seekers. You need to think about the skills and knowledge that would be required by mining companies that you would want to work for and the industry in general, and you need to ensure you meet the skill level that is required.

Things are tough out there for job seekers; we live in challenging, competitive times. If we do not invest in educating ourselves, and keeping our skill levels up to date, we can miss key opportunities and be caught unaware. Also remember that by keeping up to date with training and being highly skilled will ensure that you earn the respect and trust of those who count in the industry. You need to set yourself apart from the crowd, and your level of training can be the difference between getting the job you want, and losing out. Companies want to employ people who are skilled and knowledgeable and experts in their fields. They want people who are current and on top of modern and relevant techniques and technology.

So for this reason always ensure that your education is an ongoing process, and keep an eye open for training courses that will give you the edge. If you chose the right training not only can you ensure that you learn about the latest techniques and developments in your choice of field, but can  also brush up on what you  may have studied some time back, but been out of touch with, for a while.

Training courses are available in various forms, including online courses, universities and training institutions. Attending professional webinars are also extremely useful, and give you the freedom to reskill regardless of where you are based.

If you are not sure where to start, remember that companies, business associates and professional groups often host seminars, forums and networking events that may give you the opportunity to learn about developments and trends that will keep you up to date with what is going on in the mining industry. So keep your eyes open and join professional groups that may offer you some insight into these trends.

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