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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to start a driving career at 59 yoa

Hi Folks, Really glad I came to this sight. What a super group of people here. I want to thank you very much for all of the responses. I think I just scratched team. So it really is just coming down to the company that I feel most comfortable with after research. I will head to the unemployment office and also check with the local VA rep to determine more options. I also have an email to the VA recruiter rep at Schneider. After I speak with them it might clear the muddy water a bit. But I will also contact several of the others. I dont want to confuse myself. So I think getting it down to 3 or 4 companies might help the process. After all, I have to pay my dues for a yr regardless, and once I commit with a company, I WILL stick with them for the first yr. After that I will re-evaluate and go from there. Again thanks for all the kind responses, recommendations and links. I will start to read those tonight. Head to the unemployment office in York county as they have a VA specialist in office. Nice communicating with ALL of you. Hope our paths cross in the near future. God Bless, Scott

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to start a driving career at 59 yoa

Thanks fellas, I appreciate your responses. I have been looking closely at schneider. Their military appreciation pay gives you credit, 25% drive time credit for non-driver past military experience. I also considered swift and us-xpress. My eventual goal is one day after enough successful drive time get on with a company like southeastern out of w. columbia sc. they have excellent reviews from their drivers. It would also allow me more time at home. Initially i was considering a team approach with Schneider. I have read somewhere online that it is a good idea to start OTR and if you have a teammate 2 extra set of eyes are certainly better than one. Also the pay is better. However, with Schneider, I would have to get to Ohio for training I believe. But I also read on their website that if hired in a team capacity, they will pay 400.00 monthly to reimburse the cost of a non company sponsored training program. I am not too worried about finding work. I realize there is a significant shortage of drivers. And I believe that I am a good worker. I do understand that this transition will be somewhat difficult. However, I think I can handle just about anything for a yr. After all. When you get to be my age the yrs roll by pretty quickly! After getting some experience and hopefully a good safety record. I should be able to find something that I truly would like to jump into. Good company, great pay, and home time. After all. I see driving as a very good career to even take into the retirement yrs. When I hit SSN Medicare age. I can work when i want to (in some cases). Again, thanks for the kind responses. I have a lot to consider and pray about.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to start a driving career at 59 yoa

Thanks tractor man. any advice on where to begin this new career?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to start a driving career at 59 yoa

Oh and by the way. The mods starred out the last of my sign name. I wont rewrite it for fear of upsetting anyone. But it is the University of South Carolinas mascot. Not a crude tag! :)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to start a driving career at 59 yoa

Hi Fellas and Gals, I was recently cut from a job and career that I had been in since 1985. l have looked everywhere for work, submitted tons of applications for work but to no avail. I have a substantial mortgage and two beautiful daughters in college. So... I have been considering this as a profession. In fact, I have pretty much made up my mind to take the leap. I have considered all of the pros and cons of trucking as a career. And have thoroughly discussed these with my wife. My wife is a very independent woman and has been in the pharmacy field for 36 yrs at the same hospital. So in that regard, I am somewhat comfortable with the initial lack of home time. At least for the first yr. We do what we must! I also served in the USAF from 1978-1982. My question, or questions are: Should i use savings (which are running out very quickly) to pay 5,000.00 to TDI for training. Or should I consider a company sponsored training program? And if there are other options I am missing? The second question is. What would be the best company to go with to begin my career? In terms of money, home time, routes, fairness to drivers, equipment etc...? I live near Charlotte NC just over the state line in SC at Lake Wylie. Also, I understand that there are some companies who are especially good to veterans. Would anyone please help me answer some of these questions. I do appreciate it and look forward to your responses. Sincerely, Game****scott

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