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I'm brand new to the field (got my apprentice certificate as of today, actually). I'm 22, female, and from Washington. The company I got hired with is non-union. Anyone have any words of wisdom for me?
 

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LadyLectric said:
I'm brand new to the field (got my apprentice certificate as of today, actually). I'm 22, female, and from Washington. The company I got hired with is non-union. Anyone have any words of wisdom for me?
Welcome to ET! This can be hard for a female(I have a grown daughter that worked with me). But if you work hard, being female could have some advantages. Just like any newbi, learn, learn, learn!
 

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I definitely will work hard. Starting out doing trim-work. This was so sudden, it's a little scary leaving a job I've been at for years, haha. My boss warned me beforehand that I'll hear a lot of foul language on the job sites...that really doesn't bother me in the least. I guess I'm just a little scared that I'm not smart enough to do this stuff! haha
 

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Words of wisdom...


Being female you need to be twice the man as the guy next to you.

Dont lend out your core tools.

Walk with purpose dont dwardle.

Say yes to overtime, everytime.
 

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I definitely will work hard. Starting out doing trim-work. This was so sudden, it's a little scary leaving a job I've been at for years, haha. My boss warned me beforehand that I'll hear a lot of foul language on the job sites...that really doesn't bother me in the least. I guess I'm just a little scared that I'm not smart enough to do this stuff! haha
Cream rises to the top. There are a lot of different "jobs" in the electrician label. You will find what you are best at. I don't know about where you are at, but here it's 8000 hours to test for JW. That's a lot of time to figure out where you fit in. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and remember, some guys are just butt heads!
 

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Yeah...definitely will be saying yes to O/T at what I'm starting out at haha. I work for a major hardware store right now and hear horror stories constantly about people tools getting stolen at the job site.
 

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Yeah...definitely will be saying yes to O/T at what I'm starting out at haha. I work for a major hardware store right now and hear horror stories constantly about people tools getting stolen at the job site.
And be careful talking to strange electricians from NZ.
 

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Haha I don't know whether to take that seriously or not, backstay. I just really want to do well and be successful in this field. 'tis about time I figure out what I want to do with my life! haha and that doesn't include being $40k in debt with student loans.
 

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Haha I don't know whether to take that seriously or not, backstay. I just really want to do well and be successful in this field. 'tis about time I figure out what I want to do with my life! haha and that doesn't include being $40k in debt with student loans.
Yeah, as an old guy with wisdom of 30 years in the trade. Stay out of debt, that gives you options.
 

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I definitely will work hard. Starting out doing trim-work. This was so sudden, it's a little scary leaving a job I've been at for years, haha. My boss warned me beforehand that I'll hear a lot of foul language on the job sites...that really doesn't bother me in the least. I guess I'm just a little scared that I'm not smart enough to do this stuff! haha
You will soon learn that having a conversation with your hammer is more enlightening than half the guys you work with. Trust me, I have worked with some really dumb guys.

And, no, I am not female. I just use that photo for the benefit of a member here who had fantasies about the ABBA girls growing up...
 

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. I guess I'm just a little scared that I'm not smart enough to do this stuff! haha
There's some of us that have been doing this for years that are still scared of the same thing!!:laughing::laughing:
 

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Welcome to ET.

My girlfriend retired as a tech with the phone company. While not exactly an electrician, it is still unusual to see a woman in the construction trades. Get yourself a "can do" attitude and you will do fine.

My best advice... beware of Erics37 :laughing:
 
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