February 26, 2009
Want to learn more about working in the trades as a woman?
Then March is your month.
On Friday, March 27, Washington Women in Trades will hold its 30th annual career fair in Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. More than 80 exhibitors will be on hand to educate job seekers and disgruntled desk workers looking for new career ideas on what it's like to be a firefighter, policewoman, construction worker, masonry worker, electrician, surveyor, watch repairer, and countless other vocations that get you out of the office chair (or the unemployment line) and into some pretty decent pay.
According to Cindy Payne, spokesperson for Washington Women in Trades, there will be recruiters on hand, as well as information about apprenticeship programs, job requirements, and community college programs that prepare you for a career in the trades. Several interactive exhibits give you the chance to board a fire truck (because who doesn't want to hop aboard a fire truck?), climb a telephone pole, and see how fast you can shovel a pile of sand. But perhaps the biggest highlight of the all-day event is the Rosie the Riveter booth, which gives attendees a chance to chat with bona fide World War II Rosies. Details about this free event can be found here.
If you can't wait a full month to learn about what it's like to work with your hands in a traditionally male-dominated field, you're in luck. MOHAI is hosting a free panel next Thursday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., about what it's like to work in the trades, featuring three generations of tradeswomen. Details here and here.
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