My eldest daughter was disillusioned with her working life. Caught up in dead end office work with lots of office politics. She had a hard time relating to other women on the job, never seemed to be happy, and always on low pay. She quit her job to take time out, and work out what she really wanted to do with her life. She contemplated going to Uni, but still didn't know what she wanted to do. She didn't want to spend four years of her life studying only to end up back in an office. Sure, probably on a higher wage, but the same old scenario. We encouraged her to try new things, and she enjoyed helping her father doing some odd jobs around the house. Dad asked her if she'd thought of doing a trade. She went and enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship course, and really enjoyed it. She found it challenging and rewarding, knowing that she was creating something useful. Both her teachers and us, encouraged her, as she was a little nervous, being a very short woman entering a traditionally male domain. Anyway, it took her some time, but she got herself an apprenticeship as a Shop Fitter. She's now halfway through her second year, loving it all the way, and well respected by her peers. Gone are the petty office jibes, which seems to come mainly from the women, and she is thriving and doing extremely well. In fact, so well that she has just topped her her Year One TAFE course. We went to the ceremony last night & met her bosses, and her TAFE teachers, who all had only good things to say about her and her work ethic. It was quite funny seeing her stand up in a dress & high heels, next to the other award winners, who were all young men, and each & every one of them towered above her. Who knew that my prissy and very girly girl would find fulfillment working in a trade? But she has! She loves it, loves getting in and doing the tough jobs and being 'one of the boys', and is the happiest we've ever seen her.