The Smart Local, Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lyn Ng is jovial, petite, and not someone you’d picture when you think about what a carpenter should look like. Y’know - big, burly men.

“Sometimes, people think I can’t do carpentry because I’m a girl. The most challenging part is telling customers I can do what they want me to do.”

Lyn confidently wields heavy and dangerous machinery daily - it’s a wonder how anyone could doubt her skills.

The misconceptions go beyond her gender as well.

“People think only old uncles can do carpentry, and that it’s a job for the elderly. As long as you have a design in mind and you know what you want to do, you can design anything - traditional or modern.”

But the one thing that showed how she truly dared to dream different is the job she dared to leave behind.

“I had quite a high-paying marketing job, but right now I’m getting an intern’s pay. That’s having more than half of my pay cut off. It’s tough for me because I have to support myself and my family, but I have to pursue what I want. If you want to do something you’re passionate about, you have to find a way to strive towards it,” she says.

“Once you do, those things you might have sacrificed are not so great anymore.”


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