Breaking Molds and Building Skill: Generations of Young Women Preparing for the Skilled Trades Industry

By Victoria Williams
From Generations Magazine

From a young age, females have been and continue to be told what they can and cannot do based on preconceived “gender roles” that fall in line with what is feminine and what is masculine. From this young age, we continue to put ourselves into these predetermined boxes, which ultimately frame our outlook on life, including ourselves and what we imagine for our careers ahead of us. However, what has happened over the course of time is women are empowering themselves to look past these ideas that females are not capable of doing a “man’s job,” ultimately leading them into an industry of much success and fulfillment: the skilled trades industry. Women in this industry have begun working alongside the men who have held long-standing positions in this sector and are held to the same standard across the line, showing women everywhere that anything is possible.

Continue reading “Breaking Molds and Building Skill: Generations of Young Women Preparing for the Skilled Trades Industry”

Finding Our Tribe

By Kellie Goodman Shaffer
From Generations Magazine

While attending a professional development course, I noticed a class of adult students sporting t-shirts with the message: “Find Your Tribe.” I was drawn to the sentiment, as well as the graphic print, which reflected Native American symbols of feathers and arrows, which have become a popular trend in today’s fashion.

Continue reading “Finding Our Tribe”