EMMA Westman never considered working in industry until yesterday.
Growing up she always dreamt of being a chef or a painter, something creative.
That all changed yesterday when the 14-year-old attended a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy 4Girls2 Career Day.
"I never thought of it as an option before," Emma said.
"Now I'm looking at all the possibilities," she said.
Emma felt inspired by the speakers at the forum, taking comfort from the fact that they didn't know what they wanted to do when they were her age either.
"I've seen how they got into the industry, hearing their stories were really interesting," Emma said.
"I'm still trying to figure out what paths I can look down, but knowing this now is an advantage," she said.
"These women have given me insight into what I could possibly do."
The Chanel College Year 10 student has lived in Gladstone her whole life and never noticed women working in industry. To her it had always seemed like it was "a dirty man's job".
"On the outside it doesn't look like much, just looking at rocks and stuff but when you look into it, it's very interesting," she said.
"Everything I've seen today has been really motivating; I'd like to try it out at some point."