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A Labor Perspective From IBEW Electrical Apprentice Shannon Tymosko, Aka ‘Lady Voltz ⚡’ - “You’d Be Surprised How Fast The Years Fly By. My Challenges As An Apprentice And How They’ve Benefited My Learning Experience”

Published Monday, November 22, 2021
by IBEW Electrical Apprentice Shannon Tymosko, aka Lady Voltz ⚡
A Labor Perspective From IBEW Electrical Apprentice Shannon Tymosko, Aka ‘Lady Voltz ⚡’ - “You’d Be Surprised How Fast The Years Fly By.  My Challenges As An Apprentice And How They’ve Benefited My Learning Experience”

WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Apprentice Shannon Tymosko is also a Skilled Trades Advocate and Ambassador, as well as an Industry Speaker.  Her nickname is Lady Voltz ⚡.

 

As I come to the end of my second year of Apprenticeship, I find myself reflecting on the last two years and wondering how it went by so fast.

I continue to find myself having similar feelings to when I started this journey.

Questioning if I am going to make it through, and in complete awe that I have even gotten this far.

In these moments I remind myself to only look at one day at a time - and that it is my job as an Apprentice to not know everything, but to learn whenever possible.

As an advocate for the Skilled Trades, youth, Women, and people everywhere, I get asked a lot of questions about the Trades, including advice for new Apprentices.

In this perspective, I am going to share some advice for Apprentices - new and old, that I believe was beneficial to my own learning. 

The thing I found and still find most difficult is verbiage.

It’s like being a three-year-old all over again learning new words, but grateful I can sneak away and double check with my friend Google.

Not only do you need to learn what every tool, device, piece of material and gadget is named, you also discover that half of the items have one or two additional names, plus one nickname.

Talk about confusing.

So, don’t be afraid of asking for a description of the unknown item, chances are high you know what it is, but stuck on the word.

Therefore, I believe it is extremely beneficial to listen at any Trade-related meeting or conversation and follow up with your Journeyman with things that were new to you for additional learning. 

The most important pieces of advice I can give you is your safety is number one!

As the newest person on the job site, you are statistically the most likely to get hurt.

Always double check everything.

Do not trust that someone else has - made it safe.

Also, some things are outside of your control, as you learn how to use different tools and equipment - you also learn the risks involved and how to avoid/prepare for them.

For example, when drilling through concrete, you want to be aware of potential rebar that could cause the drill to twist and pull.

What is within your control is PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

PPE is not affective if it’s not worn properly or not worn at all

You must also remember the worksite is your classroom and you have more control of your learning than you know.

That is why it is so important to advocate for yourself and your own learning.

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