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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Local or regional in the Northeast?

Thanks, all! I'll be sure to look into those companies. And yes, fly Eagles, fly. It was a great game, and I'm glad they were able to bring it home.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Local or regional in the Northeast?

Hi, all! I'm currently in CDL school in Philadelphia, and am hoping to land a local or regional job in this area. So far the recruiter from Covenant has paid us a visit and told of a regular regional route around here with home time every week. That's not bad, and I've heard Werner has something similar. Anybody familiar with options in the NE USA that would get me home at least weekly, if not daily? I'd imagine there has to be something available, as the NE isn't the most popular place for truckers to drive.

Thanks!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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End of first week at CDL school

Just finished my first week at CDL school. I'm going to Smith & Solomon in Philadelphia. This week was entirely classroom based in preparation for the written test, which I passed on my first attempt. Next week I start driving in the lot to get used to the big rig.

My experience - I'm 55 years old, college educated and a former computer programmer. It's becoming increasingly difficult to get programming jobs with advancing age, so I'm turning to trucking as it can supply a decent (or even good) income. My hope is to land a local or regional position after I'm finished with school. Driving a tractor trailer won't be completely alien to me. Although I haven't been behind the wheel of one yet, I have driven a bus before (learned while in the military a number of years ago), can drive a stick, and have towed my car behind a large U-Haul several times (which makes me familiar with backing a trailer - same principle). We'll see how quickly I take to it.

Cheers!

Jim

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Hi, first post here. I used to be in IT as well, as a programmer. My last IT gig ended about a year ago, and I've been bouncing around doing other things since (Walmart and a call center - both yuck!). I recently moved back to Philadelphia (go Eagles!) and have been struggling to find work here. Unemployment in this city is still around 10%, despite the supposedly improving economy. I waited far too long for companies to get back to me, so on Monday I start CDL school. Six weeks from now I should be taking the test and moving on with my life.

I figured for quite some time that my IT career would come to an end. I'm in my mid 50s, and it was getting harder and harder to stay employed as a programmer. If I had a choice, I'd actually be working in a racing stable at the track right now, but I need more income than that would pay, at least for a few years, so trucking here I come.

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