While giving different career paths a go, it was electricity that caused a lightbulb to go off for Grace Morrison.
“During my life I’ve had a lot of different career experiences,” she said.
Her background includes licensed cosmetology to customer service and management.
“I wanted to do something that mattered,” Morrison said.
Gearing up for the future
Morrison isn’t only looking ahead for herself – she’s also optimistic about what becoming an electrician will mean for her.
“Technology is always advancing. There needs to be people working to keep electricity flowing,” she said. “Being an electrician is a job of the future.”
There’s also job security.
“This is the type of work that cannot be shipped overseas or outsourced,” Morrison said.
She also drew on inspiration from her father, who was able to retire at 55 after building a career as a sheet metal worker.
“My dad was able to support four kids and a wife on his salary and still be comfortable,” Morrison said.
There’s also a critical thinking component she’s enjoying, too.
“Being in the trades is having the ability to think on your feet and get the job done safely.”
Creating a balance
Besides the opportunity becoming an electrician will provide for Morrison, she’s also resting assured that when she needs time off, she won’t have to worry.
“You have most holidays off and if you’re sick, you can be sick and come back to work when you’re ready,” she said.
There’s also confidence from on-the-job training.
“You may learn the theory behind some of the elements from a book, but it’s applied while actually working with your hands,” Morrison said.
More about Grace
Upon completing the apprenticeship program, Morrison will focus on upskilling to stay current with the industry.
“I aspire to build new things, meet other people working in my field and other trades, along with getting to travel for my work,” she said.
Born and raised in Austintown, Morrison likes to stay busy.
“In my free time, I can usually be found working on stuff around the house, tinkering around with vehicles or tractors,” she said.
She also enjoys gardening, cooking, baking and hunting.