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New challenge delivers dream career for Demi

Demi Keating started out her career in business, tourism and human resources.

Passionate about people, looking for a new challenge, and wanting to pursue her dream of becoming an Electrician, she tried her chances at applying for an apprenticeship with BMA, and never looked back.

Now, a Mobile Maintenance Supervisor at BMA's Saraji Mine for Operations Services, she said her apprenticeship was the greatest opportunity she ever took, and one that has taught her many life skills to accomplish personal endeavours.

“After completing my apprenticeship I worked as a High Voltage Electrician at BMA’s Peak Downs Mine, and it was everything I dreamt it would be and more,” she said.

“This industry has helped me in so many ways, it’s given me the courage to challenge myself – deciding to travel on my own throughout many countries, living and working overseas… and one of my most difficult yet rewarding milestones – trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal!”

The lessons learned and personal development helped Demi take on new responsibilities, while working at Peak Downs, when she was asked to step up as the supervisor for her crew. 

She said it prompted her to take on a new challenge.

“I accepted a position with Operations Services as a Maintenance Supervisor, and it’s given me so many opportunities to work with really incredible people in the process,” she said.

“Every day I am still learning something new, and I am extremely passionate about helping people to achieve their goals.”

In this capacity, Demi has volunteered for local charity RACQ CQ Rescue and Mine’s Rescue, supported community events and encouraged women to enter, and remain, at the coal face.

“This industry has not only allowed me grow into the person I am now, but has assisted me in encouraging others to reach their full potential too,” she said.

She said by speaking at career days at local high schools to encourage school leavers to consider a trade as their career, and mentoring apprentices she has been able to support others in their personal and professional life.

“After living my experiences, I am now able to be supportive and guide those around me in approaching the challenges that are thrown their way.” 

Demi a finalist in the 2020 Queensland Resources Awards for Women, in the Exceptional Trade/Technician/Operator category.

The winners will be announced at the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland International Women’s Day breakfast, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in March.