I am interested in welding. I have always found it fascinating and something I think I would like to pursue. I have ‘played around’ with it since I was little with my uncle. I always thought it was a lot of fun and something I would enjoy doing.
I have lots of questions for those of you who know about this field.
First of all I am a woman. I have been told by countless people that this is not a field that a woman can get into. No one would hire me etc.
Secondly – I have a local junior college that offers a 1 year program, and a 2 year program. I am waiting as we speak for a call back for more information about this.
I also have children. I would like to continue to see them – and again, I have been told that this field requires travel (No way around it) and that I would be gone constantly. Is this true?
I do not need to be the main ‘bread winner’ for my household. I just find this field interesting, and would like to pursue it.
So – to all of you who know about this –
Should I even consider welding since I am a woman? Would anyone even hire me, being a female?
What do I need to do to seriously get this started? I assume take all of the classes that I can at my college. Then what? I’ve heard find a union… no don’t find one…. Just look in the paper for a job. I just have no clue about all of this!
I would be a brand new ‘graduate’, or whatever, how do I go about getting into the field?
Would I be away from my family for a considerable amount of time? Or is there anyway to work “normal” hours?
I guess – I just need advice.
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!