Have you ever heard the saying “It takes a man and woman to have a baby, but a neighbourhood to raise a child.” The same can be said about a successful trucking career. It takes a person with passion for the job and quality training to get started but a good company culture to raise a successful driver.
We see this all the time in the industry. A student shows interest in becoming a professional truck driver. They enter into a certified training program and pass their test for the licence. If they get employed by a good company with a culture of safety and team work at the beginning of their career they do well and usually have successful careers.
When people don’t get hired by quality companies we see that they are not as successful and often struggle throughout their career as they search for a company that they feel comfortable working for. Just like a baby, early on in your career is when you are the most vulnerable to receiving information and forming good career habits for the future. Getting into a good company is crucial for your success.
Here is what happens when you don’t get hired with a good company. If you take just any job you end up working with equipment that is not maintained properly, or drivers are encouraged to work outside of the regulations, or aren’t respected by management. A company like this can lower the moral of driver and cause them to question their choice for entering the industry. They focus much of their time on changing carriers looking for that great company culture.
When a driver has completed a quality training course they now have the training requirements to get hired on with a quality carrier. A good carrier can offer additional training, quality equipment, and works within the regulations helping their drivers have successful careers. This allows a driver to enhance their initial training which will help them identify skills and opportunities for the future. These opportunities form the basis of a career that can progress for a long time.
If you are a new driver looking for a carrier to call home investigating the culture of a company is very important. It can be the difference between a successful career and a mediocre one. Look for a company that believes in safety, has quality equipment, and is working to enhance their driver’s careers with opportunities and additional training. It’s your future!
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