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Career planning is essential for those in the mining industry to succeed, particularly as the mining industry has been in so much turmoil in recent years which has resulted in job opportunities having shrunken tremendously. For this reason planning and setting milestones for your desired career path in mining is essential. Doing this will give you a sense of direction, the opportunity to reflect on how your career path is progressing, whether you are achieving the milestones that you have set yourself, and the opportunity to recognize where things may be going wrong. In order to progress in your career and achieve the goals that you have set yourself, you will need to plan forward, and work on developing your skill set. You will also need to actively pursue employee development opportunities that may arise and to ensure that you gain the relevant work experience needed.

In order to really succeed, you need to take charge of your career, and to take ownership for shaping it and ensure that it is moving in the direction you want it to go. In order to achieve this takes...


Houston area employers added jobs for the ninth consecutive month in June, reflecting an uptick in overall hiring as the region continues to recover from the oil bust and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The metropolitan area created 23,200 jobs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which collects survey data from consumers and households each month. Professional and business services led the hiring followed by construction, leisure and hospitality.

Houston is also catching up with the rest of Texas after lagging behind for the past few years as Houston’s energy-based economy stumbled when oil prices dropped in 2015 and 2016. Over the past year, the Houston region added 94,600 jobs for an annual growth rate of about 3 percent, nearly identical to the annual growth rate state-wide. Houston’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in June compared to 5.1 percent one year earlier.

“Everything is sort of coming back into equilibrium,” said Parker Harvey, principal economist for Workforce Solutions which provides employment services in the 13-county...