Career Change Or No Change

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Sasquatch's Comment
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I am supposed to start my company sponsored training at Roehl Transport in a few weeks, but I am apprehensive only because i currently have a pretty good job right now making a little over $15 an hour right now. Should I be apprehensive or should I jump in head first?

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Nate_K's Comment
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Only you can answer that but tell you what......

I gave up my job making $36/hr to drive truck.

Not because I will make more money (I won't) but because I hated my job and love driving.

For me it wasn't about the money, it was about being happy.

Quinton's Comment
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I am supposed to start my company sponsored training at Roehl Transport in a few weeks, but I am apprehensive only because i currently have a pretty good job right now making a little over $15 an hour right now. Should I be apprehensive or should I jump in head first?

I also have a good paying job...$18.00 hr. However in March I plan on going to private school. Some would say I am a fool for giving up a good job to be a truck driver, But I have always wanted to drive a big rig and well if it works out I will be. As far as your situation only you can make that decision. But to help out a little check out some of the info here on TT Brett's Book. Truck Driver's Career Guide. And their are many more.

Good luck on whatever you decide.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's really hard to compare a 9-5 type job paying $XX/hour with a trucking job. First year drivers earn something around $30 - $40,000 for the year if they hustle

Check these links:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

And the Trucking Truth best seller: Brett's Book.

SamTon's Comment
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Only you can answer that but tell you what......

I gave up my job making $36/hr to drive truck.

Not because I will make more money (I won't) but because I hated my job and love driving.

For me it wasn't about the money, it was about being happy.

same for me I can retire from a job in seven years where I sit on my rear most of the day and play on my phone and hate every minute of it. I love trucks and so I am doing it.

Mr. T's Comment
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It's up to you like everyone said. I personally hate my Career as an Industrial Electrician. I started out as a helper making $12/hr & now I'm a NCCER Certified Electrician making $30/hr it's good money & it pays the bills but it's very miserable to go to a job Everyday that you hate/ Dread waking up in the morning to do so. I work long days & up to 84 hrs a week. I think I will like trucking & can't wait to try it out! Worst case scenario if things don't work out for me in trucking I can always go back to Electrical work. Always gonna be a need for Electricians.

Steve L.'s Comment
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A little different perspective.

Would your life (and putting up with your current job) be better if you could enjoy your "off time" more?

I once met a guy who played in a rock band, at bars on weekends, and he was some kind of engineer making big money. But he loved playing the guitar. I also remember listening to interviews with professional golfers who said they loved spending time fishing and getting AWAY from the golf course. Who could hate getting paid big money to play golf?

So, if you want to drive a truck, go for it. I do. I enjoy it and it turns out I'm pretty good at it. But it comes with other costs (family time, loss of recreation time and different kinds of stress). By the way, I went into trucking more for economic reasons. The desire from years ago wasn't as strong and I knew the sacrifices involved.

If however, you just want to enjoy your life more and the current occupation provides the financial lifestyle you want, maybe you need to look at ways to enjoy your current situation. Whatever you decide to do, DON'T BURN ANY BRIDGES in the process of leaving your current job. I once quit a job for another and 7 years later my old boss was my new boss at another employer 1,000 miles away. Fortunately we had been a good team and maintained a great relationship.

Good luck to you and whatever you decide, your positive attitude will go a long way toward your success!

classA's Comment
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I am supposed to start my company sponsored training at Roehl Transport in a few weeks, but I am apprehensive only because i currently have a pretty good job right now making a little over $15 an hour right now. Should I be apprehensive or should I jump in head first?

As soon as I can, I am going back to a 9-5 job.

If you take the hours I work now and divide my paycheck, I am earning about $10 an hout and am home only once a month. Not to mention the costs associated with being on the road. Although I have learned how to make my own coffee, cook my own meals, get a shower every few days or so, and cut costs in other ways....it still costs me a few hundred a month to be out on the road.

It has been a good learning experience for me. And I will greatly appreciate the memory....when it is just a memory....

I have had some good experiences and some bad ones - but that is just life, right?

To each his own.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

SamTon's Comment
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It's up to you like everyone said. I personally hate my Career as an Industrial Electrician. I started out as a helper making $12/hr & now I'm a NCCER Certified Electrician making $30/hr it's good money & it pays the bills but it's very miserable to go to a job Everyday that you hate/ Dread waking up in the morning to do so. I work long days & up to 84 hrs a week. I think I will like trucking & can't wait to try it out! Worst case scenario if things don't work out for me in trucking I can always go back to Electrical work. Always gonna be a need for Electricians.

Hey pm me and tell me what you don't like about it my son is in college learning this very field please and thanks.

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