Tracing of Papua New Guinean Workers in Australian Extractive Industry
I am posting this message in the hope that many of our country men and women (Papua New Guineans) currently working in overseas extractive (mining, gas and oil) industry, as geologists, engineers, environmentalists, IT specialists, accountants, operators, etc, will view it. As their responses will form part of a large study which (is in progress in the country and) is aimed at documenting jobs and employment in the PNG Extractive Industry.
The JOB STUDY OF PNG EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY (Jan-July, 2012) also extends to PNG expats working mainly in Australia (also elsewhere, Asia, Africa, Arab, South America, etc) as most of them are products of the industry and their successful seeking of jobs in the international (competitive) extractive industry labour market is a testimony to their individual reputations as much as the national industrys ability to produce high cadre of competent professionals.
The SIGNIFICANCE of the study cannot be understated and amongst others:
The product will be a PNG country study to be included in the 2013 WORLD BANK DEVELOPMENT REPORT on JOBS in the Extractive Industry;
For the first time, the study will provide a definitive baseline study of jobs in the PNG extractive industry;
Be able to analyse cases, trends and developments in Papua New Guineans seeking jobs in overseas extractive labour market as again there is no study on PNG expats working overseas, let alone availability of ad hoc (anecdotal) media clippings of individual success stories;
Having implications for skills sets ex-extractive industry personnel bring to other sectors of the PNG economy; &
Career aspirations and mobility of PNG extractive professionals.
I am a PNG academic working in Sydney and am part of the Technical Advisory Group for the PNG Job Study. I have written and consulted extensively on the PNG extractive industry, for many years.
I would be glad to hear from PNG Expats (geologists, engineers, IT specialists, accountants, environmentalists, operators, etc) working in Australia (and elsewhere) to contact me on my email address. I would like to ask them a few questions of their current jobs and career aspirations. Any other Papua New Guineans who know former workmates, friends and relatives working in the extractive industry overseas, are also encouraged to contact me by furnishing their (friends) contact (email) details.
For success of the Study, and Report (at least, part of the PNG Expat discussion), a reasonable sample of responses from PNG Expats working in overseas extractive industry is needed and therefore I am looking forward to receiving responses and alerts on this message.
My name is: Ben Imbun
Email address: [email protected]