Female FIFO employee gives a very honest report of what it’s like to work in the industry – and why it’s not good for her blonde hair
- Robyn McKinney, 27, revealed what it is like to be a woman in the FIFO industry
- The truck driver from Perth admitted that it was a lucrative field with certain disadvantages
- She reveals spending days in the Outback ‘constantly covered with red dirt’
A female FIFO employee has put the lid on what it is like to be a woman in the industry and shows that the lucrative field is not always what it is.
Robyn McKinney, 27, is not like your normal female tradition, who often shares glamor photos of themselves on social media.
On Instagram, where she has more than 1200 followers, she identifies herself as a ‘mining chick’ and ‘truck driver’ from Perth with Irish origins.
But the trader has warned friends not to be fooled by looks – and said that although she may appear as someone who lives “a great life with money in the bank,” the reality is much grim.
Robyn McKinney, 27, shared an honest report about what it’s really like to be a woman in the FIFO industry
Out of service: the 27-year-old self-described ‘mining chick’ and ‘truck driver’ from Perth said that people should not be fooled by social media appearances
“Before you start thinking that I live a well-maintained lifestyle, take a closer look!” She said, a picture of herself in a uniform on Facebook.
Mrs. McKinney revealed that much of her work actually spends weeks in the Australian Outback, “constantly covered with red dirt” and sleeping on broken jumping mattresses.
She admitted that she “experienced loneliness as you would not believe”, could not commit herself to relationships, and always missed social events.
“People forget you quickly and you are eventually not invited anymore, and when you get home, they work,” she said.
“[You’re] Unable to maintain a relationship, because really, how can you know someone you see 12 weeks a year, right? The relationship failed because we are not at home, leading to serious family problems. “
She admitted that she “experienced loneliness as you would not believe”, could not commit herself to relationships, and always missed social events
Mrs. McKinney went on to list a whole series of drawbacks: “Constantly covered with red dirt (blond hair is a murderer), you can only imagine that you are landing at work and forgetting something … you’re sewn buddy! ”
‘The same dirty, orange uniform every day, because well, fighting for a washing machine with hundreds of uniforms was more like something!
‘The same routine every day, at 4 o’clock in the morning and back at 6:30 pm, too tired to eat (not as if you miss a lot), take the backpack with your life to every truck you board! “
Although most traditions get seven days off in exchange for long nights and long hours, McKinney says that most of the time is spent sleeping and trying to control her body clock before she has to fly away again.
“I am by no means saying that our work as a FIFO employee is worse than others, but if men and women commit suicide and mental health problems through the roof … it is clearly not the best!” she added.
‘Me? I absolutely love what I do and I am proud of it, but on some days like everyone else, I can’t be afraid and wish I was at home in my own bed, hugged it with a good diet, but … [tomorrow] is a new day. ”