Old Man Leaves Six-Figure Management Position To Begin Training As A Trucker: Psychiatric Evaluation Pending

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Banks's Comment
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With all this "part time" jobs, the carrier is going to need a perspective driver to show full time experience in their past job history.

FedEx Express hires part time drivers, but they require 3 years experience and no restrictions. The pay is also low, in my opinion.

BK's Comment
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GP Clark, I really enjoyed your last report from boot camp. It’s only logical for companies to zero in on someone with your maturity level. My thought is that, starting out, you might want to seriously consider a company with multiple divisions. If you have issues with flatbed, then you could possibly switch to refrigerated or dry van without changing companies.

Your mention of the cell phone usage among young people is an issue of concern. Electronic devices ubiquitous in the young generations lifetimes has created a problem of limited attention spans. A driver with a limited attention span has a real hurtle to overcome, as driving requires intense concentration for long periods of time. Many of the new drivers will fail to adjust. Discontent with cell phone usage while in the early parts of training does not bode well for these young people.

Discontent with the current and established wage levels and benefits is also problematic. The old saying that “beggars cannot be choosers” comes to my mind. Lack of realistic expectations and humility can doom a new drivers career.

Just some random thoughts. Glad you are doing well and I hope some of your maturity rubs off on the younger students. Keep those posts coming!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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With all this "part time" jobs, the carrier is going to need a perspective driver to show full time experience in their past job history.

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FedEx Express hires part time drivers, but they require 3 years experience and no restrictions. The pay is also low, in my opinion.

Just a quick 'FYI' ... Rands (a well known brand/company) hires 'Part Timers' as well . . . with at least one year of OTR experience, which you can obtain WITH them, or elsewhere. They have tuition reimbursement, and a bit of a 'training course,' in & within. ve They are based in Wisconsin, but have a HUGE presence here in Ohio, as well. Rands Trucking.

It's worth a 'look see,' but . . it's STILL not p/t out the gate! Excellent company, in our opinions, however. Another 'little known' gem.

Wish you luck, Steve. Collectively, so MUCH experience here; still hard to find anyone willing to offer a straight 'jump' into part time. Just keep calling/asking; all we've got.

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: In doing some research, Tom's company (FAB Express) is actually even POSTING some p/t positions, around Wisconsin. Still, stating minimum 6 months (minimum) OTR, with an impeccable record. I'll mention (again,) as BK has, here & elsewhere ....they DO prefer 'mature' drivers; who doesn't?!? Yet it's still a stepping stone one needs to probably encounter (OTR) as it is, most everywhere.

GP Clark, I really enjoyed your last report from boot camp. It’s only logical for companies to zero in on someone with your maturity level. My thought is that, starting out, you might want to seriously consider a company with multiple divisions. If you have issues with flatbed, then you could possibly switch to refrigerated or dry van without changing companies.

Your mention of the cell phone usage among young people is an issue of concern. Electronic devices ubiquitous in the young generations lifetimes has created a problem of limited attention spans. A driver with a limited attention span has a real hurdle to overcome, as driving requires intense concentration for long periods of time. Many of the new drivers will fail to adjust. Discontent with cell phone usage while in the early parts of training does not bode well for these young people.

Discontent with the current and established wage levels and benefits is also problematic. The old saying that “beggars cannot be choosers” comes to my mind. Lack of realistic expectations and humility can doom a new drivers career.

Just some random thoughts. Glad you are doing well and I hope some of your maturity rubs off on the younger students. Keep those posts coming!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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With all this "part time" jobs, the carrier is going to need a perspective driver to show full time experience in their past job history.

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FedEx Express hires part time drivers, but they require 3 years experience and no restrictions. The pay is also low, in my opinion.

Precisely my point.

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