Wanting a break before starting college, Julie Taylor headed to the barracks in 2001.
Taylor worked as an automated logistic specialist in the 321st Engineer Battalion. She managed the paperwork and reporting for the motor pool, which houses military equipment and vehicles. She ordered parts for damaged vehicles and conducted turn-ins of the used parts, while maintaining stock records and inventory.
In 2006, she deployed to Iraq for a year and a half. During this time, the country was experiencing a high level of sectarian violence. “It was a nasty area at that time,” she recalls.
Taylor was stationed in Camp Ramadi in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, and assisted in fleet maintenance. “I had to order all the stuff for the trucks that were getting blown up by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and stuff like that.”
Taylor’s service has helped her go from a “super quiet” teen to a gregarious adult. “It kind of brought me out of my shell,” she says.
Moreover, it taught her how to communicate and work with a variety of people.
After eight years of service, Taylor decided it was time to go back to school. She completed a bachelor’s degree in botany and geology. The latter became her true passion. “The more I delved into geology, the more fascinating it became. So I kind of got swallowed up by geology.”
In 2013, she joined Barrick as an intern and a year later was hired as an Underground Production Geologist at Goldstrike. “I was in ore control, and that was super fun. I got to go underground and see rocks that nobody has ever seen before.”
Earlier this year, she became a Project Geologist. “Now, I get to see how everything runs, how everything is reconciled, and all the programs that are used. That what I like now is just learning new software and different aspects of not only geology but also mining.”
Barrick employs hundreds of veterans around the globe. This week during the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, you’ll hear from a number of Barrick veterans on what their military service was like, the defining moments they had, the transition from military to civilian life, and how their service has helped them in their roles at Barrick.
Some also shared their thoughts on the Company’s sponsorship of the Veterans Career Summit.
The Summit aims to connect veterans with potential employers and career counsellors to help them find meaningful employment after the military. It takes place on September 28 and 29.