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Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Restarting after 3 years

Correct...with Celadon it was more of their idea that I leave to deal with all the issues I was having.. With Werner I was over 3/4 of my way through training, I think I had 210/275 hours I needed.

Posted:  2 days, 7 hours ago

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Restarting after 3 years

I know it's going to be tough, and I have a lot to prove. Thankfully now I'm in a much better place in my life and I'm ready for the commitment.

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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Restarting after 3 years

Posted in another forum, but was suggested to post here.

It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it as much as I can. In early 2016, I went to the Celadon academy to get my CDL. Went through their orientation, started training, and due to my marriage falling apart during all of this, I left. After about 7 months, all of the drama had fizzled and I decided to try again. Ended up going to Werner and headed out with a trainer. Was on the trainers truck about 3 weeks when I got a phone call I never thought I'd hear, a family member had had a massive stroke, and they let me get off of the truck to be with them. I don't want to put too many details into that, but I felt the road wasn't for me after both of these incidents happening.

Fast forward to now. I'm officially divorced, and to be honest, hate the normal 9-5 job. I still have my cdl and an updated physical, so I thought maybe I could try again, since I now have nothing back home to worry about and to have to come back to.

My problem is, will any company even touch me with practically zero experience even though I have my Class-A?

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Restarting Driving Career

It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it as much as I can. In early 2016, I went to the Celadon academy to get my CDL. Went through their orientation, started training, and due to my marriage falling apart during all of this, I left. After about 7 months, all of the drama had fizzled and I decided to try again. Ended up going to Werner and headed out with a trainer. Was on the trainers truck about 3 weeks when I got a phone call I never thought I'd hear, a family member had had a massive stroke, and they let me get off of the truck to be with them. I don't want to put too many details into that, but I felt the road wasn't for me after both of these incidents happening.

Fast forward to now. I'm officially divorced, and to be honest, hate the normal 9-5 job. I still have my cdl and an updated physical, so I thought maybe I could try again, since I now have nothing back home to worry about and to have to come back to.

My problem is, will any company even touch me with practically zero experience even though I have my Class-A?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

When I was there earlier in the year, I had both of them. Jeff on the range and Joker for the 90

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Orientation at western express

I leave Sunday as well for orientation at their Nashville terminal on the 5th. I've heard horror stories, but I'm gonna give them a chance

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Starting Career over at Western Express

Last time I spoke to Celadon, they wanted me to start right back where I left, even with paying them.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Starting Career over at Western Express

I think he means at Celadon they make you to team for a while after you've completed the initial phase of your training.

Exactly, no matter how you come in, they seem to want to team you up for 6 months or 120,000 miles. I don't mind teaming during training, it's just the additional time afterwards I don't think I could handle.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Starting Career over at Western Express

I would go back to Celadon were it not for fact that you are forced to team. I'm a big guy, and I need my space, and two people in a truck for more than a couple months would be too much for me.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Starting Career over at Western Express

I think what I'm worried about most is my backing. I can drive forward just fine, it's that backwards thing I never got down before I had to leave. Hopefully I can get in and actually get the training I need

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Starting Career over at Western Express

Long story short, was employed through Celadon at the beginning of the year, and they helped me get my CDL. After going out with my trainer, I had a family crisis, and was unable to keep my employment though them. I know I signed a contract with them, but I have been paying back their tuition as I've worked other jobs. I decided it was time to go back out, and I don't have many options.

I've gotten offers from Swift and Western Express, but I'm going the WE route mostly because they allow pets in the trucks, and their terminal is closer to my home in Louisville.

Now I'm worried about not haven driven in over 6 months how everything is going to go down. Any tips or words of advice that can be given before I leave for orientation.

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