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Relocating to Moranbah in Central Queensland was part of the deal with Emma's graduate job as a geotechnical engineer for BHP Billiton.

"I love it here. The people are really friendly, the services are what you would expect in any town and I think I am a real country girl at heart," she says.

"My job involves identifying and solving problems in the mine's day-to-day operations, as well as assisting in the design work for new open-pit mining.

"There are also fantastic opportunities for advancement in this area of engineering and a lot of diversity in the types of roles that you can apply for."

Emma is currently enrolled in the Foundations for Graduates Program, which is the primary reason BHP was her first choice of employer following graduation.

It's a two-year program—some of it including residential trips—where employees undertake activities designed to help develop their professional skills and manage people more effectively.

Emma says she is learning a lot about herself and her values along the way.

"I can see how beneficial it will be further along my career path," she says.

"Ultimately, I would really love to progress on to senior geotechnical engineer and become an expert in my field.

"I can't see myself leaving Moranbah any time soon!"

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