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Tradie Ladies – Women in Trades

It happens often that women who choose a career in the trades are more committed to their job and have a better eye for the detail than most men.

As vocational training has been subsidized by the government, the number of women who choose this career path has increased by 80% compared to year 2008.

Northcote’s APlus Apprentice and Trainee Services came up with an initiative that aims at placing female students in traditional trades that usually rule out women. This initiative is in line with the government’s initiative to encourage women take up such trade apprenticeships.

The Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers had the idea of a study which included 500 workshops. The study aimed at determining the main reasons why employers avoid hiring female workers. The study revealed excuses such as the lack of female toilets, the swearing by male workers and the risk women might quit if they had a baby.

When it comes to carpenters, the answers are very similar to the findings of the above mentioned study. Women have no idea they can actually be good carpenters. Besides, nobody wants to encourage them to enter this industry. The same goes for industries like Asbestos abatement. Women may have better attention to detail, thereby ensuring safe asbestos removal Perth, however they rarely get a chance to prove themselves in this heavily male industry.

Peter Blanshard, Chief Executive of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers, said he won’t accept any more excuses. He believes the industry has to shift to hiring and training more women to fill all skills shortages it has to face today. He finds this solution much better than hiring overseas workers.

Females represent a tiny 2% of all trade workers in automotive, engineering, construction and electro-technology is NSW.

Various organisations across Australia try to develop and implement strategies to attract young girls to choose these areas and complete training to get qualified in these trades.

There are many advantages to choosing a career in the trades, For instance, you can gain your independence, you can choose your own work hours, you can earn a good income and you can broaden your horizon by spotting new opportunities as they come along.

The Girls in Trades resources are available to view and download by anybody who is interested. Teachers, parents, students and career advisers can study this information, the video footage, the posters and the lesson plans to implement in the classroom.

Men who apply for these trades need education, as well. This makes our job easier. However, most male applicants tend to do their own research prior to applying to our programs. They may go as far as to talk with someone in their trade of interest. Nonetheless, there are several female apprentices on our books. They are involved in several areas such as Electrical, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Boiler Making and Diesel Fitting. These women are very good from professional standpoint. They are as good as male students in both academical and technical matters.

If you believe you might be suitable for a trade based career, my personal advice is to do the following before applying for an apprenticeship:

– Go online and do a thorough research of the trade you are interested in.

– Once you are clear about what you’d like to do, search for a tradesman in your vocational area of interest and try to discuss with him various issues and challenges of the trade.

– If you are still a student, discuss your intention with a career advisor and with your industrial arts teacher.

– Try to see with your own eyes the work process. Find and approach a company that operates in your area of interest and ask if you can visit their workshop.

– Put together a good resume stating all your previous experience that might be relevant to the trade you wish to pursue a career in.

Top Twenty Tips to Help Women Succeed in the Business World

The corporate world is filled with women who are trying to develop a successful professional career. These women follow the top 20 tips listed below to help ensure their success. Put these tips into practice to help you become successful.

  1. In order to be successful, you must develop good habits and employ them in your day to day life.
  2. Grudges are bad for business. Let them go to help you succeed.
  3. A good set of virtues is more important than goals.
  4. Maintaining a good reputation is essential to your success.
  5. Understand that your biology affects how you react to certain things- it will keep you sane.
  6. A successful career is a lifelong commitment; your destiny is controlled by the actions you do today.
  7. The right attitude is more important than the right answer.
  8. There will be people that do not like you, but that’s okay.
  9. In order to succeed, you must rely on your inner strength.
  10. Kindness goes a long way in the business world. Be nice to the people you know and work hard to get the results you want.
  11. You become disposable when you try to use sex to get ahead in the business.
  12. You are often not a part of the decisions that affect your career.
  13. Learn the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. A mentor cares about your development while a sponsor is only concerned with your achievements.
  14. Become friends with someone you admire who is successful in the business world. They can teach you great things.
  15. You create chaos by the choice you make.
  16. Self-criticism will not help you become rich, powerful or happy.
  17. Confidence is the belief you can figure an answer out when you do not have the solution.
  18. Be satisfied. You will find that you are happiest when you don’t try to be everything to everyone.
  19. Learn how to be productive. Stop doing the things that are easy and start doing what really matters.
  20. No matter your career, there is no set path and roadblocks will occur along the way.

The tips located above will help you succeed in the business world. Use the tips listed above to help you grab your career by the horns and become the success you have always dreamed of.

Strategies for Women to Accelerate their Careers

1. Get as much training and education as possible

The most powerful secret weapon in the arsenal of women is education and we have been planning a sneak attack for the last ten years or more. Most of the college degrees that were awarded in 1975 went to men rather than women. It didn’t matter if the degree was at the doctoral, the first professional, master’s or associate bachelor’s level, this pattern still held true. By the year 2000, this had changed somewhat with a majority of master’s and associate bachelor’s degrees being awarded to women. These figures were provided by the Postsecondary Education Opportunity Research Letter. In addition, the Research Letter reports that at the doctoral and first professional degree levels, the huge gap from 1975 had mainly been closed and by the end of the decade a majority of those degrees would also be awarded to women.

2. Become an Internet Researcher

Throughout most of higher education, women are now in the majority. This also holds true for Internet use with women making up at least 52% of Internet users as noted by Nielsen/Net Ratings. It seems that women also use the Internet more efficiently, It is believed that they don’t “surf” as much because they know what they are looking for ahead of time.

Women have learned how to use the Internet to put the huge amount of information that is available there at their disposal. By 2010, it is believed that there will be 10,000 times more information available than there is today. With those numbers, it goes without saying that knowledge is power and women are positioning themselves well to use the Internet efficiently.

3. Leverage interpersonal and communication skills

There have been several recent studies that have observed the differences in the way women and men communicate and relate to one another in an interpersonal way. This does not mean that women’s methods of communicating are better than those of men but they might be more suited to recent styles of management. There are “feminine attributes” like being good at building relations with customers and open to joint ventures along with partnering with suppliers. These abilities are become much more important in business according to the manager of business development for AOL’s Digital City, Janice Gjertsen.

4. Plan your career

Career planning, which is important for everyone, is especially critical for women because they will often experience more twists and turns as they move along the road to success. It will go better if you have created a road map ahead of time. You will be less like to be derailed if you find that you have a baby, move away with a significant other or find that you have to care for a parent who is elderly.

Make a decision about what you want your career to look like 5, 10 and even 15 years in the future. Then build some flexibility into your plans in cases circumstances change. If you plan this way you will be able to accommodate changes in your life while still sticking to your core life plan.