Got Through My Test At Swift.

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Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Guys.....allot has happened since my last post about me not passing my first driving test at Swift. I finally got everything right today......after an extra 100 hours training. I start out with my own truck on Monday of next week. I also had an offer of a job with one of my mentors who is an owner op......but I've decided to stick to the rules of the club of trucking truth and stay with your first company for your first year before you make any decisions.

To be honest I think I might end up staying with Swift as I like their attitude. Especially towards training and giving you every opportunity they can give you to get you through it.....like the extra backing skills I needed with my second mentor to get me out there....and it worked.

I'm glad I stuck it out this far and I'm now looking forward to my new career in trucking. I know they say the first six months are going to be the hardest to get through......but with the right attitude and having put all the hours and miles of driving in, it would be very hard for me to turn back now.

Thanks again Brett and team for all your comments of support. It does mean allot to this rookie trucker. I will keep you all posted about any mishaps or interesting travel adventures that I think might be worth sharing.

Sheffield Mick ;-)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That is awesome news!!! Congrats!!! dancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gif

I also had an offer of a job with one of my mentors who is an owner op......but I've decided to stick to the rules of the club of trucking truth and stay with your first company for your first year before you make any decisions.

Amen to that and you will certainly not regret it. And like you said, Swift really worked with you. They brought you in, trained you, and stuck by you until you were ready. In my mind, that means a lot. In today's world there's no loyalty and I think that's a huge mistake that people make. Swift invested a lot of time and money into you on a good faith agreement that they would recoup their investment through your productivity as one of their drivers over the next 12 months and I think that should be honored. They obviously believe in you. Now who's team would you rather be on, ya know?

I'm really looking forward to more updates as you go solo. I really enjoy hearing about the success that people have and it really helps others who are coming into this industry behind you. They'll read what you went through, learn from your experiences, and have a much better vision of what it takes to be successful out there. Having the right expectations and being prepared for the challenges is critically important. Following stories like yours are the very best way for people to get their thinking and preparation on the right track.

Congrats!!! smile.gif

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Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Attention Ladies and Gentlemen, please pay attention to the following announcement.....

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all.....smile.gifnull

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Old School's Comment
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Wow! That's a great post, I'm really glad to see you're heading out there on your own now. Don't let that offer from the owner/operator prey on your thoughts, you definitely made the right decision. There is so much to learn during that first year - it's really just the beginning - almost like taking baby steps, but you will develop your own style and skills for handling the job and the rig during that time.

Congratulations! Swift went the extra mile for you, now get out there and show them you were worth it!

Sweet Potato's Comment
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Hi Guys.....allot has happened since my last post about me not passing my first driving test at Swift. I finally got everything right today......after an extra 100 hours training. I start out with my own truck on Monday of next week. I also had an offer of a job with one of my mentors who is an owner op......but I've decided to stick to the rules of the club of trucking truth and stay with your first company for your first year before you make any decisions.

To be honest I think I might end up staying with Swift as I like their attitude. Especially towards training and giving you every opportunity they can give you to get you through it.....like the extra backing skills I needed with my second mentor to get me out there....and it worked.

I'm glad I stuck it out this far and I'm now looking forward to my new career in trucking. I know they say the first six months are going to be the hardest to get through......but with the right attitude and having put all the hours and miles of driving in, it would be very hard for me to turn back now.

Thanks again Brett and team for all your comments of support. It does mean allot to this rookie trucker. I will keep you all posted about any mishaps or interesting travel adventures that I think might be worth sharing.

Sheffield Mick ;-)

Oh I am so glad to hear this! Monica here I have missed hearing your stories. I am back at it again and hope to be heading out soon Moved back home to Washington and now am settled so ready to return and get the ball rolling I am still doing the Training program here and amazing I havent forgotten too much.. How is swift treating you? I am thinking about them as a choice to retrain me and they are local

Pianoman's Comment
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I know this is an old thread, but thank you very much for sharing this. As Brett said, as a new driver it really helps me and calms my nerves a bit just having a better idea of what to expect when I take my road test with Swift.

G-Town's Comment
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I know this is an old thread, but thank you very much for sharing this. As Brett said, as a new driver it really helps me and calms my nerves a bit just having a better idea of what to expect when I take my road test with Swift.

Good luck Paul. Quite a few Swift drivers on this Forum. Let us know how things turn out.

Pianoman's Comment
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I know this is an old thread, but thank you very much for sharing this. As Brett said, as a new driver it really helps me and calms my nerves a bit just having a better idea of what to expect when I take my road test with Swift.

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Good luck Paul. Quite a few Swift drivers on this Forum. Let us know how things turn out.

Thanks G-town will do!

Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Paul....I'm glad you got something out of this old message that I posted three years ago. My update is that I'm still at Swift....three years later. I now run mainly Canada...because of my location to the border. I get home most weekends....and sometimes during the week. I just got a new truck two weeks ago.

I now know everybody in the office and they know me. I can't say that I haven't thought about quitting a time or too in the past three years....but I believe that every truck driver goes through that. Now that winter is nearly out of the way, I can look forward to the summer. I did three thousand miles last week which is not every week I have to admit, but it helps when I can run on Canada time (Legally) which is 13 hours.

I wish you the best of luck at Swift.....the good thing is that there are different divisions within Swift that you can move too.....that's if you don't get on with your Driver Leader or what ever. Just sayin.....be safe and take care.

Mick

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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