Would you recommend
a career in the electri-
cal industry to young
females? Why? Absolutely! The electrical industry is very broad and offers numerous oppor- tunities in both distribu- tion and manufacturing. Within those companies there are so many roles to be filled that a young fe- male coming into this in- dustry can almost have her pick of opportunities. Add to that the fact that distributors and manufac- turers have both deter- mined diversity within the workforce is the best re- cipe for success and it’s clear that the electrical industry offers some of the best opportunities for females today.
What advice would you
give to a young woman
entering this industry? I worked in distribution early in my career and then moved into manufac- turing, and I can’t tell you
how many times in my career that experience has paid off for me. It doesn’t have to be in that order, but given the time and the right opportunity, I would recommend gain- ing experience in both types of businesses.
What could be
done to en-
industry? I think net- working is a great method for recruiting. Women work- ing in our industry should recommend it to other women they know in the workforce or young ladies they may have connec- tions with who are coming out of college. Networking and taking the time to help advise is the key to keeping diversity in our industry. Female execu-
tives in our industry can also encourage best prac- tices to create diverse workforces within their companies.
For many years elec-
tion has been
as a “male-
you think that
is still true? While it appears that men still outnumber women at con- ferences and industry func- tions and events, there’s no doubt that women are present and more prevalent than ever before. I personally know so many women in our industry and keep meeting new ones who are all successful, growing in their careers, and having fun in this industry and all it has to offer. ;
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