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Who says I can’t?

Who says I can’t?

Being a woman in a ‘man’s world’ is not easy, but Dannhauser’s Shanice Narian is not letting such a small matter stop her from pursuing her dreams

When you think of an electrician, the first thing that comes to mind is certainly not a beautiful young woman. Dannhauser’s Shanice Narian is not your average 20 something year old, she is currently busy with an electrical apprenticeship through a mining company that she works for. “I’ve always been a hands-on person and I really enjoy technical subjects. Growing up, I think my dream for the future was the same as many of my peers; I wanted nothing more than to be a veterinarian.
But it turns out I can’t stand watching animals suffer, I want to cry with them! So I soon realised I would be of no help to furry creatures. So when the time came for me to choose my career, I was clueless. All I knew for sure was that I am definitely not the type of person who can sit in an office from 9am to 5pm. I need to do something where I can apply my skills and it has to be something I really enjoy.”

Once I’m qualified I will build on my experience, and then I will work towards my next set of goals

Dannhauser is a very small town, and while it might have its down sides, it certainly has its pluses. “I was born and raised here.
While I know one day I will probably have to move on, I feel now is just not the right time. I love my family and we are very close.”
When the opportunity presented itself for her to start an electrical apprenticeship, she knew she was taking the first step to success. “At first it was quite difficult for me to prove myself. Let’s face it, the electrical field has always been male-dominated. People might have doubted that I’m serious. I’m small, I like to laugh and I have loads of energy. I was just not what many people in my field expected. Over time, I managed to prove to them that I was just as serious about my career as any of them are.”

For the most part, I run around in overalls all day long at work. But I really love getting dressed up in a traditional sari to attend a cultural or family event. I love wearing variations of pink and purple traditional wear.

She is embarking on an incredible journey! She has big dreams and she knows that taking it one step at a time is the only way she can achieve this particular dream.
“My plans for the future are to work and build on my career. Once I’m qualified I will build on my experience, and then I will work towards my next set of goals. And eventually I want to finish as an electrical engineer. For now, I’m working on finding a place in life, towards independence and  pushing myself to achieving the very best.”
When this young woman is not studying hard or getting her hands dirty, you will find her doing relatively normal, everyday things. “For the most part, I run around in overalls all day long at work. But I really love getting dressed up in a traditional sari to attend a cultural or family event. I love wearing variations of pink and purple traditional wear.
My hair has to be untied, flowing down my shoulders. I like a more natural look. I think a woman should always be flexible, no matter what the demands of work are.
When you get the chance, dress up and be gorgeous.”

I’m not a master chef by any means. I like to keep things basic; curries and roasts are my favourites to make

While she loves traditional functions and getting dressed up to celebrate occasions with her family, she is a bit of a ‘tom boy’ at heart. “Most weekends consist of cricket, playing it or watching it. Playing with my Jack Russells and visiting with family.” She’s been an avid cricket player since primary school. By the time she turned 12, she already had colours in cricket. “I definitely have a dream to take my cricket further, but sport always had to take a back seat to education.
One day I might, if it’s meant to be. Otherwise I will just have lots of fun playing the game and maybe even teaching others in my spare time.”
This slender electrician also loves cooking. While she doesn’t do a lot of it, she savours the time she gets to put an apron on and create magic in the kitchen. “I’m not a master chef by any means. I like to keep things basic; curries and roasts are my favourites to make.”
When she just wants to relax and unwind, she loves binging  on TV series, especially Grey’s Anatomy. “I also enjoy thrillers and comedies.”
Although she doesn’t get much time to go on holiday, she always enjoys a destination by the sea.
“We usually go to Durban, where we get to visit family as well as enjoy a spot of shopping. The sea is amazing, it has the power to wash all your worries and troubles away. I like sitting on the beach, watching the waves and just soaking up the peace.”
She knows that this chapter in her life is not going to be easy.
“Nothing worth achieving is ever easy. I love my work and I feel very fortunate that I can do this for the rest of my life. With the support of my wonderful family, I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.”

 

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