There are a number of huge problems facing women in the workplace today. From unequal pay to unsupportive regulations about maternity leave, it can be tough going.
One of the biggest issues is a lack of safety. There are some jobs and careers that are male-dominated. This is not just because of sexism in the workplace, or traditions from years gone by. It can also be because people think a woman cannot do the job as well. It may also be because women are not as safe in that particular job as men are.
As a result, there are some vocations that we women feel we cannot do, simply because of our gender. In actual fact, some of these jobs can be done. Some need slight amendments to tradition, while others just need a big dose of courage. Entering a male dominated industry isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to do it.
Here are three careers you can still have if you are a woman. Each is currently a very male dominated job- but break the mold. You may even be able to create more success in the industry than your counterparts.
Some women don’t want to be taxi drivers because they are concerned about their safety when alone with male passengers. There are some real horror stories out there, and they only feed our concern. Plus, taxi drivers are often called upon if a person has been drinking and didn’t want to drive. Adding alcohol can worsen the situation. If you don’t think you would feel comfortable driving male passengers, how about running a women-only taxi service. You only get jobs driving female passengers around. This is great not just for you, but for the female passenger also. She may not feel comfortable traveling alone with a male taxi driver.
If you have practical tools and skills that would want to put to work as a woman, it can be tough. Industries like construction and engineering are wildly male-dominated. Becoming a subcontractor could be a solution. While a lot of hard work, you are more in charge of which projects you work on, and who you work for. This can help you dodge negative environments, colleagues and bosses. Your talent in your industry shouldn’t go to waste just because of your gender. Download this guide to becoming a subcontractor to get started.
Women can be put off the career of driving instructor for similar reasons why they are put off from being a taxi driver. The reality is, a lot of your job is spent alone in a confined space with another person. If you don’t feel comfortable teaching men, this is understandable. If this is the case, how about setting up a women’s only driving school. You can teach only women. As the business grows, you can create your own fleet of cars and instructors. Not only does doing this set you apart from the competition, but it also creates a safe environment for instructors and learners alike.