Inside the Rig - Intro Part 3
by, 06.22.2012 at 09.57 AM (760 Views)
What a blessing it is to find a quality CDL training school that is practically in my backyard. Yesterday I drove to Carolina Trucking Academy and had a nice talk with the people there.
The Academy has 4 rigs and sits on a little over six acres. They told me that recent class sizes have varied from 1-8 lately. They have a policy that if you want to attend, you just show up to start class on a Monday morning. They don't schedule *you* and I think that's a great policy. So I'm assuming that class size will be fairly low no matter what, and I would think this should work in my favor. So Monday morning at 7 AM I go to plunk down my money and get started on this career that I've thoroughly researched.
Reading through the Trucker's Report, it's easy to get a bad impression about trucking and it's easy to believe all the negative things that are said about the companies. But I take all of it with a grain of salt. What a lot of the BS that I've read here boils down to is this: the trucker has not followed the rules and regulations of his/her company/DOT or has played loose and fast with the rules and has cut corners. Then a problem has occurred and they've come to TTR to complain and moan about it. I've seen this other industries before however, it's not just truckers that do this. But it's my impression that truckers are more in the habit of behavior than elsewhere.
So I'm starting off on this career full steam ahead, regardless of the junk I've read here and elsewhere. I'm looking forward to it, and I love a challenge. And this career will be a challenge, that's for sure, but those challenges will be met head on and resolved.
As I've stated before, this is a "military operation" as far as I'm concerned. And I'll never forget that *I* am the professional, and although I can't change the people around me, I can change the way I react to them. I will also never compromise on my professionalism.
Next up: Progress at CTA