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Shifting Gears:
Changing Careers

NTO: nontraditional occupation

DVD 15 minutes; $95.00
Order #32003; ISBN #978-1-60118-001-8
Resource guide 114 pages, $45.00
Order #32002; ISBN #978-1-877933-49-3

Nineteen women who have changed from more traditional jobs (food-service, clerical, nursing assistant, childcare) to careers that are not traditional for women (welder, machinist, engineer, electrician).

From Shifting Gears: Changing Careers DVD:
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“Whenever I was sitting in my office, I was always looking out the window.  That office just crawled in on me,” says a woman who now works as a heavy-equipment operator after ten years as a food-service supervisor.

Another woman who is now a painter hated working in an office, even though she made good money at a desk job.  “When I decided to leave that job and come into the trades, I had to take a real big pay cut to start out.  But now I make twice as much.  And I do something now that I enjoy.  And when I get up in the morning, I can go in and be at peace with myself and get a paycheck and help support my family and be happy about doing it.”

114-page Resource Guide -- Contents:


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