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Building a career in transportation is similar to making your favourite hamburger

North Americans love their hamburgers. I am not asking you to believe me, just look at the thousands of burgers sold by food chains like McDonalds and Wendy’s. Every barbecue includes a good hamburger on the menu and the variety of toppings that go on a hamburger to create the best hamburger are as varied as the people creating them. But what does that have to do with transportation?

Like any good hamburger it all starts with two main ingredients which is the foundation. The first piece is the patty itself and I will let you create your favourite here as I am not about to get into the debate over vegetarian or meat. The next important piece is the bun which again can be your favourite. Without those two items no matter what you put on it is not considered a hamburger. The same can be said for a career in trucking. You need to have a foundation and the training from a certified school is the same as having the burger itself. You can get an A license or D license and that is the same as deciding whether you like meat or vegetarian. Getting the actual license is the bun and without that you don’t have the hamburger or career. The ingredients that go on after that are up to you on your hamburger and your career is the same.

The toppings on any hamburger are where you get the taste you desire and the joy that comes with it. That’s why so many restaurants have so many different choices for their customers as everyone has different tastes. In the transportation industry once you have your license, good training, and some experience your career options open up for the new driver. It is the same as having all the ingredients you like on the buffet for your choosing. Do you want to be a driver working with a specialized carrier in a private fleet? Do you want to move into non driving position such a dispatch or safety. Do you want to be an owner operator and have your own trucking business? The options are up to you just like the toppings you will put on your hamburger.

Truck driving of course isn’t as simple as making your favourite hamburger but is similar in theory. The point is that you have to have that foundation for a good career. Without the foundation, a.k.a. The burger and bun you have nothing but sloppy ingredients. If you don’t have a decent foundation for your career in certified training and the proper license then you too will have a sloppy career. How you like your hamburger is up to you, just like your career!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years and is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile and is also the host of the Lead Pedal Podcast for professional drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry 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

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