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A look at a trucking career without a plan!

I was recently reading about a driver that was having trouble in his career. He had been bouncing around to different companies and from the information given from this person I believe they were choosing companies based on the wrong criteria in the first place. Most people miss the most critical step to creating a successful plan, the plan!

Do you even know what you want?

John always wanted to drive long haul. He just got his licence and wanted to get going down the road so badly he could taste it. He was advised that he needed to have a plan in place for his career, but not being a planning kind of person John skipped this step. He would find something he said to himself. Planning is a waste of time.

Through a friend John managed to get a job with a small carrier in his local area. At first he was happy even though they paid a lot less than the industry standard. Then they stopped giving him enough work to fill out a week. He heard about another opportunity through another friend and started running team. The team operation ended quickly due to personal issues between John and the other driver.

John then decided to try working for the large carriers that often take new people from the industry but found the training he had was not good enough to qualify for the job. He thought it was just competition from the industry but in fact it was lack of quality training from the non-certified school he attended.

John sat at his kitchen table frustrated. He had been in the industry for just under a year. He had taken two months of training at a school that charged him around $1500.00 and here he was jobless and out of work.

John decided to call a consultant in the industry to find out what his options are. The first thing the consultant did was evaluate where John is now and where he wants to go. He put together a plan and laid it out for John. The plan started with one sentence that had nothing to do with trucking. The sentence was……”What do you want to do?”

Most new drivers I talk with avoid the most basic part of starting a Class photonew career. They don’t want to put the plan in place about how you might get to the end result. Take some time to think about the operation you want to be part of and the type of company you want to work for. If our friend John had put a plan in place and started that at the beginning he would have realized that the training he received did not help his career, but hinder it. He was bouncing around without knowing whether he was improving or ruining career path. Don’t be John, be you with a plan!

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

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