Portable XRF services has welcomed Melinda Deacon as the newest addition to the Technical team. Melinda has come on board as a Graduate Geologist.
“I graduated from Macquarie University with a Masters at the end of the mining boom. With no industry experience, my prospects for employment weren’t looking too good. I undertook many short geotech contracts up and down the east coast of Australia from Victoria to North Western Queensland. Due to the economic downturn of the mining industry, full-time employment never came to fruition. Although I had casual employment at a local pharmacy, for me this wasn’t economically viable especially as a geologist. So I packed up my things and traveled around Europe.
It was also during this time that I sought further study to pursue a few different career paths but something kept drawing me back to geology.
I decided to be involved in every conference, networking event or committee in NSW that had anything to do with Earth Sciences (special hello to the ‘Northern Districts Lapidary Club’). Slowly I started to build my own network of like-minded people in Sydney.
It was about mid-2017 when I was on the committee for the Geological Society of Australia NSW branch that our Chair Dr. Paul Harvey presented a talk about lead contamination in groundwater. Dr. Harvey spoke very highly of the people he worked with at PXRFS. After Dr. Harvey’s talk, I went up to him to congratulate him on an informative talk when he mentioned that if I wanted to seek a new opportunity I should contact the people at PXRFS. So I did. I am now so grateful for having done so.
I started my role as a graduate geologist in January this year and already I’ve been afforded some great opportunities in exploring this new role. I look forward to learning a lot and bringing out my best to becoming an accomplished geologist.
I hope to keep you all updated throughout my time with PXRFS about the exciting jobs and opportunities our small but dynamic team encounters. “ -Melinda