Avoiding the road to nowhere ….. recognize the importance of truck driver career planning.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
When I read this, my first thought was, “that sounds just like the trucking industry”! The trucking industry can be a risky career decision, and you can get seriously singed if you don’t pay attention to planning your professional truck driving career. A career as a professional truck driver isn’t for everyone, and there can be a lot of ups and down as you build your career.
For those who are tinkering with the idea of becoming a truck driver, this post will probably not sway you one way or the other. But if you are someone who is seriously viewing a career as a professional truck driver you may already have a solid inkling about how easy it is to start off on the wrong track and have a problem getting back on the right rails. There is a lot to consider:
- should you attend a cdl training school – or
- should you go through a company paid cdl training program
- which cdl training school should you to choose – or –
- which company sponsored cdl training program should you choose
- which trucking company should you go to work with right after graduation
- which leasing or owner operator program should you choose (probably neither this early in your career)
Without doing your own research or having someone in the know protect your interests, you’ll most likely end up following someone else’s plan, and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
The bad news is that you really have to spend the time to do considerable research and it does take time and diligence. And if you’re like everyone else, time is often a precious and scarce commodity. And research can be, well …. kind of boring. Even though you are enthusiastic about the prospect of starting a new career, it’s sometimes just too tempting to take shortcuts and not do the diligence you should do.
That’s the bad news …. the good news is that there is an alternative ! And that’s us … we are the alternative and we’ve done all the due diligence for you. But we’ll get to that shortly.
For students especially, the road to a successful professional truck driving career can be very treacherous and downright deceiving. Many trucking companies which offer company sponsored cdl training do not have a lot of interest in whether or not new drivers make the grade and stay with them for any length of time. In fact, they do not have a lot of interest in whether or not a student even makes it through cdl training. It’s actually just the reverse. They make money even when new drivers don’t make it through training. Ridiculous, isn’t it? But that’s how it is in the real world.
So, it’s up to you to understand how the industry works and realize that there are some companies that prey on the ignorance of students. That’s a serious allegation, but sadly, these companies make a serious profit in turning over students and drivers; bringing them in and moving them out. The end result is that many cdl class a truck drivers suddenly find themselves without the hope of a trucking career and on the road to nowhere……
So, how do you know:
- whether to go through a company paid cdl training program
- whether to go through an independent cdl driver training school
- which company to go to work for at the very beginning
- what jobs are available to graduates and experienced drivers
- what pitfalls to be aware of
- what is the biggest decision of your truck driving career
How Do You Plan Your Career …
How Do You Become A Successful
Professional Tractor Trailer Driver …
And Not Just Another Statistic …
I’m so glad you asked. And because we’ve got the answers (because that’s what we do), you know you’ve come to the right place. Please excuse the brief sales talk here while we explain what we do. We are specialists in a very important area of the trucking industry – we are career advisors, career planners and job placement experts for CDL Class A tractor trailer drivers at all skill levels. We are independent truck driver recruiters, and as such, we are not employed by any one trucking company – and that’s important because it benefits you directly, not a trucking company.
Our clients benefit through objective and impartial recommendations beginning with their initial CDL training and continuing through advancing their career.
Career planning can begin with the first decision you make after graduating from CDL training, or it can begin with choosing the first company you will go to work with. It can begin at any point in which you feel your career needs a push or you have hit a snag and you need to step back and re-evaluate. It can begin at any time …. in other words, it’s never too late.
Planning your career and following your career plan continues well into the future taking you along a career path that will lead to:
- greater opportunities
- higher income
- a more rewarding career
- a better lifestyle
And if there is a planned or unexpected interim move you need to make halfway between here and there, it’s very helpful to know you have someone in your corner who can help you with that as well and keep you on the right career track.
You’ve heard the expression, “you can’t get there from here” … in the trucking industry that often is true. Drivers who made a wrong decision or were treated badly by a trucking company find themselves trying to figure out what to do next … sometimes they are having a serious problem just trying to save a fledgling career. But help is often available if you know where to look.
With the proper career planning and direction you can get to where you need to be so that you can get to where you want to be. There’s an old adage that says in so many words, that “successful people realize they can’t know everything and so the smart thing to do is surround yourself with others who know what you don’t know.” It’s all about avoiding the road to nowhere…..