Whom Do I Choose?

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I'm currently choosing between 3 trucking companies. Con-Way, Schneider (Tanker division) and Celadon. I'm a confirmed bachelor making a major career change. I've always had a desire to drive long haul but also thought I'd be married and have lots of children. That didn't work out. I'm 51 years old and looking forward to the adventure. I'm available to be away from home for extended periods of time and have no problem spending time alone. I'm a podcast junkie and love being on the road. I will be attending a company sponsored training program as that fits my personal needs although I'm aware that it also means I'm under obligation for 12 months. I hate changing companies so I'd like a company that where turnover is low as that is a sure sign of a company that values it's employees.

1. Any advice on the 3 companies? 2. What sort of pay should I expect in the 1st year? 2nd year? 3. How comfortable is the sleeper in a truck? Any pictures?(I haven't found any in the picture section)

Thanks in advance, Chad

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.


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