Considering A Career Change

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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My problem is I'm going crazy with the slow pace of the job and need to make a change...if not for anything but my own sanity. Hence I'm seriously considering becoming a trucker. I have been studying the prospect rather intently and Truckingtruth has been a large part of my research.

Brian

Brian, thank you for your service!!!

This paragraph really raises my eyebrow. It sounds like you want to become a truck driver because your current job is slow paced and boring.

What worries me is that trucking, for the most part, is also slow paced and sometimes boring. You're driving on a road for countless hours. I would consider driving down a road to be slow paced and sometimes can be boring. Some days you don't talk to anyone, nothing but solitude. It can literally make you lose your sanity.

I guess I'm trying to tell you that you could potentially be trading one slow paced job for another. Trucking isn't exactly action-packed.

Now I'm not trying to discourage you or put the hammer down on you but if the problem with your job is that its too slow paced then I don't think trucking will be what you're expecting it to be.

Once again, thank you for your service. I just want to make you aware.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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In addition to the list of apprenticeship companies that you gave, I also found out from the VA search that these companies are still on the VA list:

Schneider

PAM

Stevens

Werner

Maverick

Melton

Star Trans

That should add to our lists of companies to check out.

Scott L.'s Comment
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Kewl beans will add them too it. Where ya able to log in to benie site today?

Scott L.'s Comment
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Danial,

If Brian is in a similar "boat" then I am, which is over the last few years as a contractor for the Navy I've worked my butt off implementing technology that has helped improve the program I work with. As a result, even though I get a paycheck (and work from home) I am neither content with the job (even though I get a nice paycheck) and because I work from home my social life has depleted. Also with the stupid budget problems over the last years, not knowing for sure whether I will have a job or not is always stressful. So my youth dream of hitting the road in the rig is my plan, seeing the country (since I've been to many other countries) and making coast-to-coast pals.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Kewl beans will add them too it. Where ya able to log in to benie site today?

Yeah.... I've been logging in and getting the same stupid message. Gonna keep trying though.

Scott L.'s Comment
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That's odd....just logged in and able to see my entitlement info no problem.

Brian A.'s Comment
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DANIEL B

Appreciate your insight, but I'm well aware of the differences between my current job and a professional driver; the differences are stark. Imagine if you will, being hired to do a job and that job took at most one hour of your day and that was a good day. The rest of your day is sitting in your office staring at your computer screen. And the building you work in has no Windows.

I have spent over the last 20 years, especially the last 12 in the army being charged with a tremendous amount of responsibility. I'm not wired that way to continue on in my current job.

In my mind, being a professional driver suits me to a T and can't wait to get started in my second career and put forth the effort as I did in my first career.

I really appreciate all the encouragement and the sharing of everyone's experience...this is a great help as I move closer to making it a reality.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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That's odd....just logged in and able to see my entitlement info no problem.

You just answered a question that I was going to ask you. So you can get in and I am still getting the same error that I posted. I have used different browsers, different computers, and at different times during the day. Always the same. Looks like it is time for a phone call...

Scott L.'s Comment
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and that job took at most one hour of your day and that was a good day. The rest of your day is sitting in your office staring at your computer screen

Brian - You've described my job to the "T", no longer a challenge nor exciting. Truly time for me to make the change also.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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DANIEL B

Appreciate your insight, but I'm well aware of the differences between my current job and a professional driver; the differences are stark. Imagine if you will, being hired to do a job and that job took at most one hour of your day and that was a good day. The rest of your day is sitting in your office staring at your computer screen. And the building you work in has no Windows.

I have spent over the last 20 years, especially the last 12 in the army being charged with a tremendous amount of responsibility. I'm not wired that way to continue on in my current job.

In my mind, being a professional driver suits me to a T and can't wait to get started in my second career and put forth the effort as I did in my first career.

I really appreciate all the encouragement and the sharing of everyone's experience...this is a great help as I move closer to making it a reality.

Sounds like you know what you're doing! Keep us updated Brian!

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