A day in the life of Aimee Moore at Dalradian
If someone had told me a year ago I would be working in an interesting and fulfilling job on my door step. I would’nt have belived them. I couldn’t be happier working for Dalradian. I grew up 5 miles outside Omagh, and recently graduated with a degree in Business with Accountancy from the University of Ulster. I spent my year out from University travelling just over 2 hours a day to my work placement, by the time Friday came I was exhausted. While coming to the end of my placement I knew that travelling so far was just not feasible and I didn’t want to spend the rest pof my working life commuting long distances.
After graduating I soon realised that graduate opportunities in Omagh were few and far between and that any that did were over-subscribed. I spent the summer volunteering for a local charity and when the opportunity came up with Dalradian, I applied and was delighted to be accepted. Now, I’m working in a well-paid job in Gortin and I thoroughly enjoy it. My job as part of the community relations team involves a little bit of everything and no two days are the same. On any given day I’m liasing with accountants or HR in our Omagh office, geologists and environmetalists dropping in from field work, our health and safety manager and mine manager. As a recent graduate, I am getting a lot of hands-on experience with Dalradian and seeing how a business works up close and how it is managed, which ties in with my degree.
On a day-to-day basis I make sure everything in the Gortin office ticks over. There are 15 of us based here in a variety of different roles and we work very well together as a team. In Gortin we host 3 of the 6 paid internships that the company provides annually. The interns are able to gain so much experience in a busy professional working environmen tduring their summer break. Having graduated recently myself, I enjoy being part of helping another student gain experience that will be helpful when they begin their job search.
Helping out at the tunnel tours at the weekends is probabaly my favourite part of the job. Along with other memebers of the team I welcome visitors to the tunneland help guide them around. Gold Mining is such a new industry in Northern Ireland and people often don’t know what to expect at the begining of the tour, so it is really rewarding to see how impressed people are by the work going on underground and watching their pereception of the project change when they learn more about what we do. Many people dont’t realise how important and momentous the project is for West Tyrone.
Many of the people that I meet at the tunnel tours are often in the same position I was in during my placement year, they are travelling long distances in vans early in the morning and coming home late in the evenings, this has a huge impact on family life. I get lots of queries from the tunnel tours about the prospects of employment in the company and many people are excited about the opportunities that will arise should our project get planning permission. They can then apply for a better paid job locally and like me, look forward to staying in the local area, buying a house and giving my family a good life. After all there is no place like home.
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