Anyone Go Into Trucking From Career Burnout?

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Buttercup's Comment
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Just curious. The actual reason I started looking at this seriously, was what I felt was impending job burnout. Some 16 years after I started in this industry, I feel like it's time to close the book. Not just the chapter. The whole darn book. At one point I was somewhat revived by a promotion to management, but ultimately in my gut I know it's time. It's bittersweet for me. So many years I spent sponging up as much information as possible.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Absolutely. I worked in healthcare before making the leap to truck driver.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I worked in s cubilce and office in video game development for 15 years, and all for the same company. I searched fir new jobs in that industry hoping that working elsewhere would change the feeling I had. After a few interviewed though I quickly realized that it would just be the same and I needed a big change.

Partagas's Comment
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Another one here. After 33 years in law enforcement, I'd had enough. It was more the government piece then the police work for me. Thankfully, I had enough time in to retire. I became a consultant and trainer for public safety agencies, but soon realized I needed a whole new challenge. During my last consulting project, all I could think about was starting CDL school and driving. The challenge of learning something new has re-energized me to the point my friends have noticed a change. Like the great philosopher Bob Seger sings: Here I go, turn the page.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Shawn 's Comment
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Oh yeah, I've been in the construction industry since 87, It's gotten pretty old, been that way for a while. I've always wanted to drive truck, for 20 years probably, Just have a bad way of thinking, that i c an't get myself there.

Just curious. The actual reason I started looking at this seriously, was what I felt was impending job burnout. Some 16 years after I started in this industry, I feel like it's time to close the book. Not just the chapter. The whole darn book. At one point I was somewhat revived by a promotion to management, but ultimately in my gut I know it's time. It's bittersweet for me. So many years I spent sponging up as much information as possible.

Sno-boy's Comment
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Yes, I retired and sold my business almost 10 years ago. I got burned out ...... from being retired. Like others here, I too had always liked the thought of trucking and as an added bonus, getting paid a decent amount to do it. I am in CDL school and my instructor is several years younger than me yet was a 39 year veteran of the Industry. I have no trouble listening nor staying awake in his class but see some twenty somethings classmates dozing off and staring blankly at the walls. He calls them out nicely about that .... but I think I can sense a possible failure in their career choice as I know not being alert and aware is a recipe for disaster in this business.

Just curious. The actual reason I started looking at this seriously, was what I felt was impending job burnout. Some 16 years after I started in this industry, I feel like it's time to close the book. Not just the chapter. The whole darn book. At one point I was somewhat revived by a promotion to management, but ultimately in my gut I know it's time. It's bittersweet for me. So many years I spent sponging up as much information as possible.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Buttercup's Comment
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I'm in the automotive industry now. I used to be so in love with my job. Working in fixed ops has it's stresses and challenges, for sure. Sometimes, I think it's just me. I'm not a good fit for my current job. I guess I was bound to figure it out eventually.

Yes, I retired and sold my business almost 10 years ago. I got burned out ...... from being retired. Like others here, I too had always liked the thought of trucking and as an added bonus, getting paid a decent amount to do it. I am in CDL school and my instructor is several years younger than me yet was a 39 year veteran of the Industry. I have no trouble listening nor staying awake in his class but see some twenty somethings classmates dozing off and staring blankly at the walls. He calls them out nicely about that .... but I think I can sense a possible failure in their career choice as I know not being alert and aware is a recipe for disaster in this business.

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Just curious. The actual reason I started looking at this seriously, was what I felt was impending job burnout. Some 16 years after I started in this industry, I feel like it's time to close the book. Not just the chapter. The whole darn book. At one point I was somewhat revived by a promotion to management, but ultimately in my gut I know it's time. It's bittersweet for me. So many years I spent sponging up as much information as possible.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I have been in the hospitality industry for 15 years, as a restaurant owner, hotel manager, and a chef. I Love what I do. However, I have achieved as much as I can, and wanted to. I have become stagnated.

Trucking is something that has fascinated me, from a young age. I have had 1 false start, at it, so far. I married into a trucking family, where a lot of my wife's immediate, and extended family, drive. This has rekindled that desire, and I am now just a few short months from taking the final step.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt H.'s Comment
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I've been an Ironworker for 18 years. I'm now in the final phase of training for Roehl. I wanted to try something different, so I figured getting a CDL and learning to drive a truck would be interesting. I decided to go with Roehl's "get your CDL program" after researching for a while and discovering that a class A CDL isn't of much use without experience. Once I start driving solo I've got to complete 120,000 miles to fulfill my contract, after that who knows? I've got @13 days left with an OTR trainer, then I'll test out and get the keys to a truck. I'm enjoying everything so far. It's a big change from Ironworking. A lot of things had to line up in order for me to take advantage of the opportunity to try a new career. So far so good.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I started my life living/working on a dairy farm. Then 20 years in the military traveling all over the world. After retiring from the military I worked in manufacturing for 2 or 3 years while I went to school for computers. Did computers for 15 years, 10 of that owning my own company.

Decided I wanted/needed a change, partly because the economy had made it difficult to make a living in the segment of the computer business I was involved in. Not that I really had job burnout from what I was doing, but felt I needed a change. Had wanted to drive big trucks since I had retired from the military, so this was my opportunity since our daughter was grown and out on her own.

So here we are 5+ years later, loving the decision I made to start driving. I consider this job/adventure as being a paid tourist traveling all over this big country of ours. I guess you could say I still had the traveling bug and wanted to be able to see parts of this country I had never been to.

Ernie

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