Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words

Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words


Fast-paced; highlights dozens of diverse women in a wide variety of careers. What makes a job gratifying and challenging varies from person to person, but it’s important to find the right career for you. A great discussion-starter.

“A lively panorama of women in a wide variety of nontraditional jobs” – School Library Journal.

DVD length: 15 minutes


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From Work Talk: Women in Nontraditional Careers in Their Own Words DVD: 
     Copyright © Jocelyn Riley

You spend so much of your life at work. . . . You’ve just go to keep looking and looking until you can find something that you enjoy doing.” 
Water Utility Dispatcher

“As a machinist you’re constantly learning and doing different set-ups, different jobs, using different gauging equipment.”

“I never found an office job or a profession in an office that felt like more than doing dishes. . . . it just didn’t have the satisfaction of seeing something happen.”
Police Officer

“When I was a kid, I always enjoyed drawing; I could always visualize things; I enjoyed taking things apart.”
Test and Development Engineer

I’ve tried, you know, secretarial; I’ve done it all. Did shipping and receiving, printing, and I just thought it would be a good job, good-paying job. So I thought, what the heck, try it. And I like it.”
Welder and Forklift Driver

“I think the biggest thing to overcome was lack of confidence.”

“Your base salary is going to be higher generally speaking than it’s going to be if you go into any kind of liberal-arts type of field. And those opportunities continue to grow as you advance in your career.”
Mechanical Engineer

“I enjoy the challenges.”
   --Captain, Wisconsin National Guard and Helicopter Pilot

“You have to be willing to learn along the way. Obviously, you don’t go into anything, whether it’s career teaching or coaching, knowing everything.”
   --Head Track Coach