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RESOURCE GUIDES

Each of the 18 resource guides in the Women in Nontraditional Careers series available from Her Own Words® contains the full script of the DVD of the same title, as well as background information on each of the women included in the DVD of the same name. The resource guides contain dozens of discussion questions and discussion starters designed to get audiences thinking about work in general and nontraditional careers in particular. The guides are freestanding, although they are most useful when paired with the DVDs.

23002 Women in Nontraditional Careers: An Introduction (114 pages)
Includes biographies of 25 women working in nontraditional careers whose images are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Nontraditional Careers: An Introduction. "The beauty around a lot of nontraditional is there's built-in career ladders in the occupation. And that's not really true for a lot of traditional women's jobs," says one of the two career counselors who narrate the DVD. The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

32002 Shifting Gears: Changing Careers (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 19 women in nontraditional careers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Shifting Gears: Changing Careers. Many began their working lives doing jobs that are considered "traditional" for women, including waitress, food service, and retail clerk. For a variety of reasons, each found her original career choice unfulfilling. In some cases, they liked their earlier careers but just couldn't support themselves and their children with the money they made or the hours proved too difficult. Others wanted to work outside rather than inside and found that nontraditional careers offered more options to be outside. "I was a food-service manager for ten years," says a woman who now runs an earth-mover on highway-construction sites. "I was in charge of sixty people and I was in charge of menus and purchasing food and all that stuff. And the funny thing is, whenever I was sitting in my office, I was always looking out the window. That office just crawled in on me and cramped me." She is much happier in her new career. The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

28002 Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words (114 pages)
Includes all of the lively quotations from 56 women who are featured in the 15-minute DVD Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words. They work in a wide variety of nontraditional careers, ranging from a water-utility dispatcher to a police detective to a firefighter. "You spend so much of your life at work. You spend more time at work than you do with your family at home. I do, anyway. If you don't find something that you like to do, you're going to be miserable. You've got to just keep looking and looking until you can find something that you enjoy doing," says one woman. "I'm a single mom of four children. I want something that I can take care of my kids with or without someone," says another. "I think the biggest thing that was really to overcome was lack of self-confidence," says a third.

25002 Math at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 13 women working in nontraditional careers who use math in their jobs and who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Math at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers. Their jobs include welder, architect, plumber, uniformed special investigator, mold-maker, machinist, helicopter pilot, sheetmetalworker, and firefighter. Math is an important part of many nontraditional careers. As an architect puts it, "When you're in school and you're looking at the stuff that they give you to do, you think, I'll never use that.  And I used to think that all the time when I was in school, I'm never going to use that.  I use it every day now and there's times when I think, I wish I would have paid more attention. Take the math. Take the math.  That's my big thing, Take the math, because it was so hard for me." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

30002 Writing at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 19 women working in nontraditional careers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Writing at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words. Writing is a crucial part of many nontraditional careers. As a police detective says, "The ability to communicate with people is absolutely the most critical part of the job. You have to know how to reach out into other people's worlds, across the barrier that separates you from them. You have to know how to write and to put your thoughts down into words that will build a case that's good enough and strong enough to go to court and to win. Because even if you make a good arrest, if you can't put that arrest down on paper in a coherent manner, that builds all of the elements of the case into the report, the case isn't going to go anywhere. The district attorney is going to drop it, the detective's going to drop it. They will plea bargain it down, because they can't possibly take it to court." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

33002 Women in the Automotive Industry (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the nine women workers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women in the Automotive Industry. As an automotive technician says, "With my other jobs, I wasn't really happy going to work, but now I like going to work. I like working with my hands. I like to be able to fix things. I like how it feels when something works again." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

12002 Women in Building Construction (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the nine women working in building construction whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Building Construction. Their specialties include a carpenter, heat & frost insulator, 2 electricians, a plumber, a sheetmetalworker, an architectural engineer/lighting designer, a painter, and an architect. "We can do it," says a woman who works on construction sites. "We just need the opportunities and we need to take the challenge and try it." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

18002 Women in Dentistry (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the four women working in dentistry whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Dentistry. Their specialties include endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and general dentistry. Dentistry has many advantages as a career choice. "You're dealing with people and helping them improve their self-image because you're giving some people that I've heard many times didn't even want to smile because of the way their teeth looked and you give them a nice smile and that just can open up a person and make them more outgoing and I think that that's exciting," says one dentist. The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. A section of historical readings on women dentists of the past gives a sense of the obstacles women have had to overcome to enter the field of dentistry. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

36002 Women in Electronics (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the nine women workers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women in Electronics. There are many opportunities today for careers in electronics and the field is open to both men and women. As one woman says, "I would just really encourage parents and young girls and young women to think broadly about the opportunities that are available to them and not just mechanically go into traditionally female disciplines. I think traditionally female disciplines can be very rewarding and may well be the right fit and an excellent choice. But I would like for people to make that decision based on their passions, what they really want to do, and not based on stereotypes or mythologies or prejudices about what people can and can't do." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

27002 Women in Engineering (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 13 women engineers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women in Engineering. They work on a wide variety of projects, ranging from designing commercial baked goods and the machines that make them to designing wastewater treatment plants, highways, and even roller coasters. What engineers actually do on the job can seem mysterious sometimes, but one woman in the DVD has a simple description. "Engineering is solving problems and being able to convey your solution so that someone else can understand it well enough to manufacture it or follow your instructions. To be able to think sequentially and convey your ideas is just as important as having the ideas in the first place. The most satisfying thing about being an engineer has got to be seeing the finished product." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

35002 Women Entrepreneurs (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 25 women business owners who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women Entrepreneurs. There are many advantages to being your own boss. As one business owner says, "My days go very fast. I am amazed how many hours I can work and it doesn't feel like it's drudgery. I sometimes work 10, 11, 12 hours or so a day--10 being the minimum that my shop is open, so I need to be here those 10 hours. And I can easily do those 10 hours; whereas, if I had to work for a company, once past 8, I could feel very stressed out with all the other things that, you know, are associated with a whole large company. And this way, I can minimize those types of things and streamline my business to suit my needs, not only my customers' needs." On the other hand, owning a business can be a lot more work than being an employee. As another business owner says, "I think entrepreneurship is right for some people and not right for others. The thing about being an entrepreneur is it's a full-time job, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which means it's a lifestyle choice, not a career choice. I didn't know that when I was getting into it. If you want to go home at night and if you don't want to think about work, then I would suggest don't be an entrepreneur." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

20002 Women in Firefighting (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the six women working in firefighting whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Firefighting. "I was twenty-five years old when I realized, hey, I could do this--twenty-five years old," says one firefighter. "I didn't know women firefighters before that pretty much. I was always on the professional track. Then I met this woman playing softball on my softball team who was a volunteer firefighter and I just looked at her and went, I can do that. If she can do that, I can do it." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

29002 Women in Highway Construction (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 21 women in highway construction who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women in Highway Construction. The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

22002 Women in Machining (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the seven women machinists whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Machining. "I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be a machinist," says one woman. "But I am so glad that I just got the opportunity. And if you just get an opportunity and have an open mind about something, and you try it, I think you surprise yourself." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

48002 Women in Manufacturing (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the 14 women who work in manufacturing careers who tell their stories in the 15-minute DVD Women in Manufacturing. There is a lot of variety in the manufacturing represented, including custom metal fabrication, structural steel fabrication, and manufacturers of nano positioning systems, waterbeds for cows, canoe and kayak paddles, cast-iron skillets, and a consumer packaged goods company.  “Manufacturing is the greatest wealth-creator for any country,” points out the owner of a factory.  “If you make things and then you sell them--either within your own geography, within your country--or you export them, you’re creating wealth.”  Another woman, who works as a production team lead in a different factory, points out that “You get to go home feeling like you’ve accomplished something.”  And, she adds, “To me, if you work in an office, you’re just kind of stuck at your desk doing the same thing.”  The resource guide includes the full script of the Women in Manufacturing DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

17002 Women in Policing (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the six women working in policing whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Policing. There are many satisfactions to be found in a career in policing. As a uniformed special investigator says, "It's my city, my town and I feel like I've given back to my city. This is the type of job that has a future." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. A section of historical readings on women police officers of the past gives a sense of the obstacles women have had to overcome to enter the field of policing. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

21002 Women in Welding (114 pages)
Includes biographies of the five women welders whose stories are included in the 15-minute DVD Women in Welding. "I have found such tremendous satisfaction out of building things, being able to go home and know that I built this thing and I can go see it," says one woman. "Stair railings or road-pavement equipment, things much bigger than your living room that you built yourself. And there's very few things as satisfying in life as having a job that pays you well that you like." The resource guide includes the full script of the DVD, as well as viewing notes and discussion questions for the DVD. There is also a section called Discussion Starters and Discussion Questions designed to stimulate more general discussions about work and nontraditional careers.

Women in Nontraditional Careers: An Introduction
Shifting Gears: Changing Careers
Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words
Math at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers
Writing at Work: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words
Women in the Automotive Industry
Women in Building Construction
Women in Dentistry
omen in Electronics
Women in Electronics
Women Entrepreneurs
Women in Firefighting
Women in Highway Construction
Women in Machining
Women in Policing
Women in Welding

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