Tips for Women to get into Electrical Contracting Industry
Author Linda Candels
An increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
While current statistics reveal only 9.5 percent of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) members are women-owned businesses, this number has tripled in the past 15-20 years and reflects a trend seen in physically demanding, tech-centric fields everywhere.
Here are some tips for women looking to get into the field:
Networking is very important for electrical contractors, and many jobs are won based on relationships that you build with each other in construction.
Participation in groups such as Women in NECA is extremely beneficial.
Get certified as a WBE. Certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is very important if you’re looking to do automotive industry work, federal and/or state work.
Encourage teamwork; it helps to foster a team-based approach involving men and women who all bring something different to the table.
Believe in yourself; don’t give up hope when you’re down.
These tips are just the beginning of what woman are capable of doing. Woman are strong and have a bright future in the electrical industry