As part of my considerations, I read the book Grave Undertakings, which described rather severe sexism. However, your stories here have eased my mind somewhat about that. I have two other concerns. though. I understand that this is a conservative industry, and this is where my concerns stem from. While I respect others' choices regarding their personal beliefs, I am an atheist and would be disheartened if I were to passed on a job due to this fact. I am not someone who needs to argue about religion, and I will not say anything unless asked a direct question. Also, I know that the dress code is suits for anyone who interacts with the public, is it such for embalmers? It seems impractical, with that kind of work.
If I am too unusual and non-conservative to even be considered in this line of work, I would prefer to know before I put in the time and expense of completing the training. I do intend to approach it with respect and professionalism, but I have never fit in with the mainstream, much less the conservative section of society. Every job I have done has been pleased with my work, however, I hope that would continue into this.
Anyway, thank you for reading this longish post. It's good to meet you all! I hope this goes well.