I am speaking at an event for youth to talk about career paths and where the possibilities can lead them in their careers. I will be one of six keynote speakers that will talk about their careers and how we got to where we are today. I am pretty confident that there will not be many in the room that have trucking as part of their career path. Among the other speakers is a police officer, printer, landscape entrepreneur, and myself.
If you look at the career path of the other presenters those careers are normally long term careers that can be accomplished and started in your younger years in college. You can come out of school, go to police college, and onto the force. You can start a landscape business in college and develop it to a good business over time. I am not taking anything away from the accomplishments of any of these people, but most of those careers have a clear career path.
With trucking things are different. This is outlined through my story with trucking and many of my industry friends that started as truck drivers and now are in other positions outside of driving. Some are consultants, have industry publications, some are in management, and others have become owners of trucking companies. All of those careers started with the truck and a person sitting behind the wheel. Many of us didn’t know we would end up where we have in our careers and a big thank you to trucking for opening up options in our career. This sentiment was also echoed at the recent TTSAO conference where many of the panelists talked about their career paths and the scenic road that got them to eventual success.
At this point you are probably asking yourself what the point is of this article. If you are looking at career options and haven’t seriously thought about a career in trucking and where the industry can take you you may want to give it some serious thought. If you can’t see that far ahead then taking a trip behind the wheel may fuel some passion and allow you to see the opportunities.
Here is a story about a driver that is now in another position. He started driving for a respectable carrier that had opportunities with various types of freight. He did well as a driver and decided to become a business owner buying his own truck. He did well as an owner operator and because of his professionalism was offered a position as part of the recruiting team which is the position he still holds to this day.
Transportation is one of the largest industries in North America and is not going away any time soon. It may be changing with much of that change coming from technology but it will still be around for the long term. Take an opportunity that you may not have thought about and try trucking. It may surprise you!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com