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She draws inspiration from the fact that she's one of just
22 female glaziers in Australia
Going from receptionist to glazier isn't your typical career path.
But then again, Joanna Tsakiridis isn't your typical careerwoman.
Joanna already loved her job as receptionist at Broadway Aluminium
and Joinery. So when the opportunity came up to buy the business, she
decided it was too good a chance to ignore.
But Joanna's transition from receptionist to business-owner was just
the first step. At the time, the main service of her newly-acquired
venture was installing ready-made products. But Joanna decided to take
it one step further by having her company manufacture its own windows.
So she enrolled in Certificate
III in Glass and Glazing (specialising in Glazing) at Lidcombe
TAFE where she learned how to cut glass, manufacture windows, timber
sides and security doors.
"Now we manufacture as well as install and I have a receptionist
of my own," she said. "I feel more involved now that I'm a
tradie, rather than sitting behind a desk and just selling a product.
I love it. It's one of the best things I've done, doing hands-on work."
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Being a woman in a largely male-dominated industry doesn't faze
Joanna one bit. In fact, she draws inspiration from the fact that
she's one of just 22 female glaziers in Australia. "I did my
training at the same level as the guys. I loved it," she said.
"The only restriction was lifting things into place, but we have
machines for that."
The other bonus to her chosen career path is that the glazing
industry is predicted to experience a significant boom in growth.
Glaziers and floor installers are listed among the skilled trades in
growing demand according to the federal government's skilled
occupations list. Glass has become an incredibly popular building
material due to its versatility, affordability and the fact that it
lets the light in.