Over on Facebook, a young man named Bilal recently asked us for advice on whether or not a career as a mining engineer was right for him.
His question was such a thoughtful and detailed one that we thought we’d pose it here, and ask our readers what advice you’d give to someone considering a mining engineering career.
Here’s what Bilal had to say.
I’m currently in high school in Canada and I’m thinking about becoming a mining engineer.
What I’ve read around the internet in sites like yours makes the field sound very good with good job prospects, salary and importance.
There is one aspect of mining engineering however, that is making me doubt whether I’ll enjoy my career or not. As a mining engineer would I have to constantly be moving around to isolated towns in the middle of nowhere?
Does it get boring to be in isolated mines? Is there a chance of being able to keep a job near a major city center or are you required to be ready to pack up and leave at the first call from the company?
I’m all about travelling but I don’t want to be doing it for the rest of my life, I’d like to settle down with a wife and kids and I’m doubting whether that is possible with a career like this, unless of course I have the wrong idea.
Everything about the field sounds great except the notion that I may not be able to enjoy a stable city life once in a while.
Other than this I was also thinking about civil engineering, what is your advice? Does mining engineering sound like the career for me? Your advice would be appreciated.
What do you think? Is mining engineering a good career choice, or does isolation and frequent moves make this too difficult a job for some people?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!