Alisha is a proactive and inspirational painter, driven to surpass her clients’ expectations. We thank Alisha for her time in providing us with an interview:
Thanks for joining us Alisha. You have a fascinating background, not at all related to your trade. Tell us more about it!
I went to University to study Bio-Medicine, but it didn’t take me long to realise I wasn’t doing something I enjoyed.
What prompted you to choose to undertake Painting and Decorating as a trade?
I recall seeing a female painter working at my local high school. Not thinking about it too much at the time, I decided this was something she should look into.
Tell us how you found your apprenticeship?
I found an apprenticeship job advertised in my local newspaper. After a few days I knew it was something I loved and I completed my apprenticeship with this same employer. Interestingly enough, I completed my apprenticeship on a Friday and on the following Monday decided to go out on my own and start a painting business. I have many clients along the Bellarine peninsula and often undertake renovation, new builds, internal and external paint jobs.
So brave! What’s it like?
It’s really nice being your own boss, I get better at it every day.
Tell us more about your role models?
Honestly, there aren’t many women in trade to look up to, but one of my clients introduced me to their daughter and she is a builder. She’s been working in the industry for a long time. It is really inspirational and motivating for me to see her be so successful and love what she does.
What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy the preparation work that comes before painting. I like sanding things down and cleaning up the work area to make sure the paint will go on smooth. Some people have said to me “That is the feminine trait you bring to the job”. I think that any good tradesperson that really cares about what they do will put effort into preparation so they create high-quality work. I’m proud to say I do it every time.
What is your advice for women considering entering the trade?
“Follow your intuition, Get advice from people that might have experience working in trades”.
Alisha is also part of the Tradeswomen Industry Reference Council at Tradeswomen Australia and enjoys participating and organising networking events to bring women in trades together. Her most memorable experience was travelling to Cambodia for the International Skills Exchange where tradeswomen built a house swapped sills with locals in Cambodia. We thank her for her time and wish her all the success in the world!
You can listen to the rest of Alisha’s story here – www.tradeswomenaustralia.com.au/podcasts
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