Peter Kristensen is highly ambitious, determined, and had established a career as a doctor. Then, he decided he wanted to do something different.
Glencore's Indigenous employment program has just kick started an exciting new career path for him.
Peter originally hails from Cairns, however moved to Townsville at a young age where he completed his schooling.
Peter excelled at school and after graduation qualified to study medicine at university, graduating in 2009.
After working as a General Practitioner for a few years Peter was offered a position working a split roster.
Half his time was spent working in sports medicine rubbing shoulders with the likes of the NRL North Queensland Cowboys, Mendi's Black Hawks and the Australian Cricket Team, whilst the other half of the time he was working in Indigenous Health on Palm Island.
Working on Palm Island meant he would have to commute by plane from Townsville. Peter seized the opportunity to use his weekly commute to earn his pilot's license.
While medicine was challenging, Peter was looking for something new and started researching potential career pathways into the mining industry.
"I called Glencore's Human Resources team directly and asked about the opportunities available and entry level pathways into the mine. They directed me toward the Indigenous Employment program (IEP) as a potential pathway into a real full time job" Said Peter
"I was accepted into the program and spent the first 12 weeks at Myuma, which was a good experience and a great introduction into the mining industry.
"In the second stage we completed 12 weeks of work at Ernest Henry Mining across both the concentrator and underground operations.
"During this time we completed many different projects mostly focused on maintenance and improving safety.
"This gave us real taste of what mining is like and some hands on experience.
"The IEP kick started my career in mining and the sky is the limit from here. After graduating from the indigenous employment program I had recognised qualifications, tailored skills development, and an industry mentor.
"I have now been offered a full time job at Ernest Henry Mining as a concentrator technician and couldn't be happier.
"I want to learn as much as possible in my new role and get some on the job experience so I am able to hit the ground running with a career in metallurgy.
"I will head back to university on my days off and become qualified. My ambitions do not stop there though, ultimately want to climb the corporate ladder and will hopefully one day be running this place."