About Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician by Leslie M. Jasper
Strap on your work boots and put on your hard hat. Let me take you on a sheetrock dusted journey to see what it is like to work within the construction industry. The work is hard, the environment is unforgiving, and the jobsite can be either extremely hot or cold. Almost 27 years ago, I stepped foot into a male-dominated work environment. Despite the lack of a warm embrace, I pushed my way into this world to learn the trade. I showed my many mentors that I wanted to be here and was ready to learn and work. After some grit and sweat, I worked my way out of my apprenticeship to become a journeywoman electrician. I earned a great working reputation within my trade and some aches and pains along the way. I work with guys from all backgrounds and all walks of life; and a few females that share my goal to be called journeywomen. Construction workers do not care that you do not feel up to the challenge that day. You must suck it up and get the job done! You will witness what it is like on a weekly basis to work within my industry. Every story in this book is real. The names of my co-workers have been changed to protect the innocent….or the guilty! I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart!
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Leslie is a union journeywoman electrician by trade who now works as a site safety manager within the five boroughs of New York City. Leslie has worked within the construction industry for the past 29 years. Leslie first started her apprenticeship as an active member of the U.S. Navy Seabees. Leslie earned an MBA with honors at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Additionally, she also earned her CHST, ASP, and CSP safety credentials. She has two sons, Tom and Johnny and lives in Bayside, New York. Tom followed his mother into the business and has almost completed his apprenticeship as an electrician. Leslie enjoys spending quality time with her sons such as, taking road trips and visiting haunted houses throughout New England. She also enjoys traveling, home renovations, painting, beach time, camping, and spending time writing on her #ConstructionTales blog/website.