I know what you’re thinking, how could a lack of education be an asset in anything? I am certainly not suggesting that you don’t get an education, but when starting a new career a lack of education may be the perfect asset. Think about the last time that you attended a course or even gave one if you are an instructor or trainer? You get all different types of students included in the class. I have found many times that the ones who know it all, or at least think they know it all usually stop listening and taking in the information. In the case of the new person as long as they are interested in learning they will often be successful at the end of the course.
In the world of truck driving there are many drivers in the past that did not do well in educational settings or get years of post education but are exceptional drivers. In fact I was one of those drivers and so were many of my friends. I hated school when I was younger and much of that was due to the way the environment was designed for learning. It wasn’t until years later after having found what I was interested in and finding encouraging teachers did I begin to love learning. That encouragement has taken my career and life to new heights. That’s because I had an open mind and was interested in learning whatever topic I was trying to master.
I see similar situations in my training classes. The transportation industry is so complex in routes that a person can take in their career and different from the generic working environment that it puts most students on a level playing field. We have people who are educated and come from other career paths so they listen with an open mind. We have people in class that are not educated, but know they want to drive so they listen with an open mind. The students with a lower education level many times equal the others because of their interest to learn the job.
Of course as an instructor I don’t know the education level of my students unless they tell me, but it is an interesting observation of people. The whole point of this article is two things. One is to never judge people based on their education level because they may surprise you. The second thing is that if you feel you are not highly educated, but interested in learning about a topic or career to give it all you’ve got. You may just be the smartest person in the room.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, 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