For most people getting started in their career is the hardest thing. As much as we suggest you plan out your career sometimes trying to see too far ahead can hold you back and become a stumbling block. When I look back on my own career I notice the same thing. If You were to tell me the type of work I would be doing today as my full time profession I would have called you crazy. I didn’t have the vision early on to see that far down the road. I barely had the vision to see to the next year, but I took the opportunities at the time. I didn’t even know what truck driving was when I started, but its led to a lifetime career.
Many of my industry friends are the same, they just started the job to make a buck. Many of them have now been in the industry for over 30 years or more and have solid careers in the transportation industry. Oh sure some had family in the industry and came from a long line of trucking professionals but others did not. When you look back you realize it doesn’t really matter. It can actually be better to not have the prior knowledge as it allows you to look more objectively at the opportunities.
The people in transportation based careers for the most part started in one area, driving! That one component, one occupation was the catalyst to so many careers. There is my insurance expert friend that started driving to pay for college. The President of the Private Motor Truck Council was a driver and then went to safety training, operations, and now current position of President of the Association. How about a trucking company owner that started owning one truck and now operates one of the largest fleets in Canada. Look at the entrepreneur that didn’t know what trucking was at the age of seventeen and got a job in the moving industry moving furniture and now owns several businesses and works the industry in a variety of ways.
These people just got started. They couldn’t see that they would be in insurance, operations, or an entrepreneur, they just wanted a job. They needed the money, they wanted rewarding work, and they had enough dedication to move to the next step. The trucking industry is very intertwined yet most people see it as segregated. Don’t look at the industry and say I will be a driver and view it as the only thing you can do in your career. Look at it as a starting point to gain knowledge and experience that you will use later in your career whatever you may choose to do. There is no rule that says you have to start in the truck but I don’t know one person that is still working in the industry that regrets the driving portion of their career. Driving teaches you so many skills such as time management, organization, customer service, safety, independence, and more. All of those skills are used in any career especially in the trucking industry.
So if you are looking for a career but not sure where to start trucking might be a viable option. There are currently around 700,000 jobs available and approximately half of those are driving positions and that’s just in Canada. Many organizations are trying to show people career path opportunities, but really you won’t find out what is attractive to you until you get started. The best way to find out what opportunities are available for you is to talk to a certified school and find out how you can get your career started.
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, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. 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