By Kanitra Porch, Local 103 IBEW member
Growing up in Boston, I never thought that I would one day become an electrician. I imagined myself working in an office, sitting behind a computer. But life had other plans for me, and after years of working in the administrative industry, I needed a change. I wanted a career that would not only provide me with a stable income, but also one that would offer me the opportunity to grow professionally and care for my family.
As a mother and as a soon-to-be-licensed electrician, the benefits that my new career in the union construction trades have changed my life. Those include family-sustaining wages, affordable healthcare for my family, and continual professional development and training opportunities.
For women looking for a fulfilling career path, I would say take the leap and reap the rewards of work within the union building trades. You might find that you love it as much as I do.
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