At the age of 38, I quit my job as a manager at a local non-profit. I spent four months contemplating my strengths and weaknesses and completed all the exercises in the book _What Color is Your Parachute?_ I travelled, I knitted, I took a writing class, I took a singing class and I started a dog walking business. I came to the conclusion that I should either pursue being an electrician or a sea lion trainer.
In August, 2011, I enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship program aimed at encouraging and supporting women considering/working in the trades. Many working electricians were extremely generous with their time while I conducted informational interviews with them. Habitat for Humanity taught me how to swing a hammer – and my current electrician’s apprenticeship is showing me how to wield a hammer in tight, impossible places.
On April 23, 2012, seven months after I applied to the apprenticeship program at IBEW, and about a year after I quit the non-profit, I started my my on-the-job training. I have indentured myself to a minimum 10 year commitment to IBEW. This has been an exhilarating and scary career change for me.
This blog will never identify the real names of my coworkers, job sites or company. The name I’m writing under is my nom de plume.