We’ve heard that opportunities in rural communities are limited, however with technological advancements, and changes in traditional gender roles things are changing. There are more opportunities than ever for women in rural communities. So what exactly are these opportunities?
Here at Fembuiz we want to encourage women to take control of their futures and to be the best they possibly can be. Over the last couple of years we’ve found that you want that as well.
Living in a small town or rural community doesn’t have to mean that your career suffers like it might have in the future. Instead, with the internet you can create your own opportunities.
So what opportunities can you create? Well, businesses these days want to cut costs and they’re aware that people want flexible working conditions. To that end, why pay excessive rents when your workforce only uses them for around 40 hours a week when you could hire someone to work remotely and pay them for the work they do? That’s where those in remote communities come in. You can offer your services – accounting, admin, writing, marketing, legal or even teaching services remotely. Simply advertise on a sharing economy website, or create your own website and you’re ready to go. Just wait for the calls to come in. Hundreds of people are already doing this and servicing the needs of clients in other cities, states or even countries.
With the internet, geography doesn’t matter like it previously did; and it’s great for mothers with small children who want to remain in the workforce while they raise their little one. You can work at your own pace, draw an income and retain skills that match the current job market.
That puts you in an excellent position if you ever move to a larger town or want to return to the traditional workforce.
You don’t need to be a business owner in a rural community though. Although there’s still a long way to go, large mining companies such as BHP Billiton are committed to gender equality and more and more women are joining the mining sector. There’s still a long way to go. Only 16.1% of all employees in the mining industry are women however that number is increasing, so if you’re thinking you’d like to work outdoors and get your hands dirty there’s never been a better time to join the industry then NOW, plus, on a more personal level. While earning more money than you would in other industries. The gender pay gap is 7% lower than in other industries across Australia so that should make it an attractive proposition.
One miner, Cat Simmons has been in the sector for eight years and she says she’s been supported throughout her career where she started as a truck driver and now works as an analyst and improvement specialist.
If mining or starting your own business isn’t for you then there are other opportunities in rural communities such as managing a farm, working in retail or one of the many other essential services such as healthcare that are needed to keep small communities thriving.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter where you live. You could live in a big city and find that there aren’t many opportunities, or you could live in a small city and discover the possibilities are endless. It’s not where you live but rather how you live and what you do with your surroundings that makes the difference.
Created by Libby Shaw.
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