How does a new graduate geologist break into the mining/exploration professions? After a lot of rejections for the lofty position of ‘Geologist’, the trick is to find a job as a field assistant because one thing that employers really, really like is field experience and the more remote the projects, the better. The pay can be surprisingly good.
A show of a real interest in the work is soon noted and helping geologists (or geophysicists, chemists, drillers or even engineers) with more mundane tasks will definitely not go astray. A lot of the tasks that field professionals are called upon to do are mundane but they have to be done and a new graduate (working as a field assistant) will pick up priceless experience and great allies.
The title is not important: it’s the field experience that really counts.