Advice Needed On Career Change

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David E.'s Comment
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Hello My name is Daffydd, this is my first post and I need some advice. First off let me give you some background. I am 44 yo that is going through a divorce with 2 children involved. the divorce is amicable, I am in a new relationship where my significant other is aware of all the things that come with trucking, and would be supportive of my decision. She however is pregnant, almost 3 months. I dont want to be like my dad and be workaholic, but I am. Second thing you must understand is that I am a retired Paramedic/Firefighter that was forced to retire due to mental heath issues. I did that job for 22 years and saw some really horrific things. I currently am trying to work through these things . I know right now that i am in a much better place than when i was almost 2 years ago when i had my nervous breakdown. Third, I will get into why I want to get into trucking. I want to be an O/O while also having a small fleet. the reason for this is so that A. I can have the solitude to continue to get my mind straight. B. I want to make money so that i can retire from the road in the next 15 years, while reaping the benefits of the company that i have formed. C. I want to be able to leave my kids something as a legacy so that they dont have to struggle through life for money like I did.

With all this being said I have a lot of anxiety and PTSD issues. I started CDL school but had to drop due to failing my DOT physical. I have since taken care of all the issues and can restart school at the beginning of November.

My other career choice is that I have an interview next Friday with Procter and Gamble for a plant job. I currently work there as a temp.

I dont know what to do.

I know this is super long but i wanted to paint the picture

thanks

Daffydd

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

PackRat's Comment
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Reads to me that P&G would be best for you. Good luck.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Anxiety and PTSD don't mix well with life on the road. Being away from your family for weeks at a time; trying to get a load where it's going when weather, breakdowns, construction, accidents and millions of 4-wheelers are doing whatever they can to keep that from happening and just the swings of the freight market in general require the ability to roll with the punches and make the best of your opportunities. You often have to make tough choices in high stress environments.

Then there's the bit about wanting to start a business in an industry you know nothing about. I wouldn't recommend anyone try their hand at becoming an owner/operator without at least 5 years of experience in the industry. The odds aren't good - about 80% of the folks who enroll in a CDL school actually earn a CDL and more than 90% of them have left the industry 12 months later. Out of my class 30 truckers earned their CDLs and 8 months later 2 of us were still on the road.

My other career choice is that I have an interview next Friday with Procter and Gamble for a plant job. I currently work there as a temp.

Stick with P&G.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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