Name: Cassandra Galbraith (Skills Yukon Territorial Welding Competitor + Yukon Women in Trades and Technology Instructor)
Age – 27
Trade – 1st Level Welding student + apprentice & Carpentry Apprentice
Current Workplace – Ketza Construction
What motivated you to get into this career?
I have always been into hands-on work, but what truly motivated me was, when I was 16 I had a boyfriend that said I couldn’t help change the oil in my truck because I was a girl. From then on, I had my heart set on trades work.
Was there someone who got you excited about this path?
Honestly, aside from my sister and parents, I was the one who was super excited about this path in the trades.
Was there a class in secondary school that helped you more proficient at the work you do now?
I had taken shop class in high school, but I didn’t do very well in that subject, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my career!
What was it like to go to post secondary school and work at the same time?
It was hard. Young, single mom, going to school and working at the same time. It was difficult. BUT if you really want something, you’ll find a way to make it happen.
What is the best part of being in your trade?
The best part of my trade is definitely the physical labour involved. Lifting materials, on my feet all day. I love it. You get paid to work out.
A regular day would look something like…
- Safety Meeting.
- Work Hard!
- Giggle a little. (Have to have fun at work!)
- Work even harder.
- Clean up and prep for the next day.
A piece of advice that I would give to someone looking to get into the trade?
Show up on time and be willing to learn! This trade has so many different avenues. You could do finish work, forming, framing, cabinets. There is always something to learn!
If you met someone who was looking at getting a job in the trades, what piece of advice would you give them?
Carpentry has made my life better by giving me a job I love. I don’t dread getting up in the morning and am happy to go to a job I like with a crew that feels like family.
What is the most interesting thing/project you have worked on?
Every job is interesting! Hardly ever do you get a job that’s the exact same, so they’re all interesting!
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