I have been thinking about writing my own blog for a while… in fact I wish I was smart enough to keep a blog when I started my apprenticeship 5 years ago but I was so focused on ‘getting through’ than about keeping a diary about all the crap I had to deal with. Thankfully I have a great memory and you will get snippets of what it was like for me being a female plumbing apprentice.
Being a plumber is a pretty crappy job at times. There are days where I scratch my head and look to the sky and ask ‘why me?’ or ‘what the hell am I doing here?’ But it’s a job that pays the bills and it’s a service that helps people. And I like helping people. That’s why I do what I do.
I have worked with the family plumbing business since 2006. This was when I started my apprenticeship and finished my Tafe requirements by 2009 and my actual apprenticeship in 2010.
At the time, I felt like I would never finish it, but then now as I look back I can’t believe how fast time has flown. Doing an apprenticeship was the hardest thing I could ever do. I thank the Lord I had the strength to persevere with it because there were times where I would nearly give up. Having a strong sense of self and motivation kept me from chucking it in and here I am 5 years later as a plumber.
Plumbette was the name given to me when we first started advertising on a family radio station about having a female plumber in 2008. Little did I know that the actual meaning of plumbette is ‘a female plumber’s crack!’ Unfortunately or fortunately the name has stuck and while my crack is not revealed to the general public when I work, I like to think the name rather means a ‘female plumber’. The Plumbette is a blog about a female plumber.
Each week I will blog on funny stories or situations my dad and I get into or the frustrations of working in the stressful commercial industry. I will also share tips on plumbing aspects of renovations or general maintenance around the home. I love being open about the challenges and joys of juggling mothworking and working.
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