Preparing for a new FIFO position
Just been offered a new career in the remote and mining services industry? Looking to enter the industry but not sure what to expect?
Working in the remote services industry is both challenging and rewarding. The opportunity to fly in and fly out of a remote location can lead to a fantastic career, full of opportunity and experience that will last a lifetime.
As a long-term expert in caring for our FIFO employees, Cater Care’s Group Human Resources Manager Peta McDonnell offers you some valuable advice.
- Cater Care will provide you with three well-balanced healthy meals daily so that you’ll stay energised and alert throughout your workday. Meals are provided free of charge, so you save on cost of living expenses.
- Your single person accommodation quarters will be serviced at least once a week and refreshed with clean linen, towels and basic toiletries – again, saving you money.
- Remote site wages are often higher due to the remoteness of the location and the fact that you can’t go home after each shift. This means you can set yourself up financially.
- Remote site villages can be great places to live. Companies are investing significant resources into ensuring a healthy lifestyle is available to all employees. Many villages have recreational rooms, gymnasiums, health and lifestyle coordinators, sports fields/courts and social clubs.
- When you work remotely, you may have to leave your family and friends for long periods of time. This separation can affect your relationships and you should consider this before you apply for a remote-based job.
- Remote sites are exactly that – remote. In parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia temperatures can reach up to 50C, which can put more stress on you physically. Many jobs require you to spend time each day outside, and you must be prepared. Cater Care will ensure you have all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and water so that you stay safe and healthy on site.
- Remote villages can be a long way from services like banks, post offices, shopping centres and pharmacies. Usually, what you take out with you will need to last you for that roster period. Most villages have a small retail section where you can buy personal items.
If you’re considering a career in the remote or mining sector and would like to talk about your suitability for a role with Cater Care, contact us.