Entering industry soon - looking for direction/advice

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by kds_5280, Jun 25, 2021.

  1. 228I10

    228I10 Bobtail Member

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    I've met attorneys, doctors, accountants, pilots, operation managers, etc that have become drivers. They get sick of the company politics or simply need a change at some point in their life.
     
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  3. kds_5280

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    I think there's a lot more educated truck drivers out there than most people assume. The accounting and supply chain knowledge will certainly help if I want to start my own company eventually too.

    Solo Soul I saw your thread about getting into truck driving. Had some great responses. Sounds like we're in the same place - late 20s and looking for a change.
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    Great advice, thank you. The reason I referenced System is they seem like the best option in my region. TMC would be my top choice but they don't hire guys out of Colorado. Thought about Melton too but System would probably suit me better. System supposedly does daily out and back runs to Basalt, CO hauling drywall. That would be a good start if I was willing to do the commute. If I ended up liking OTR I'd probably try to become an o/o signed on with Landstar or Mercer.

    That's what I hear from a lot of veterans of the industry though...just go get your feet wet, get the experience, and learn the necessary skills. If you excel in that you can go wherever you want. I'm preparing to make that commitment for the first couple years. Just trying to be careful about what I choose - got other things going on in life too (new home with work to be done on it and a couple trustworthy tenants living with me. They'll take good care of the house while I'm gone but I don't want to burden them by being gone for 3 weeks plus).
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    I see JFW's trucks all the time. Them and Fiore are a couple options I've thought about. I know a guy who works at Fiore so that might be an easier route to get in. I'll look into Loves. Also thought about Circle K, Offen, and a company called Selimovich who I think is based here.
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    Just like anything government related...I'm sure that takes a while.

    How did you like it once you got into it? Did it pay a lot more and was it worth it?
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    I certainly agree with you. I've been leaning this way more and more. Thank you.
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    Exactly. You learn more your first few months in a job than you do in 4 years of college. Experience is everything.
     
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    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Experience combined with the broader thinking makes a worker unstoppable. You will learn more about the job itself differently, but going to college enhances critical thinking. Critical thinking ain't always necessary, but its very good to have that in your back pocket.
     
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    kds_5280 Bobtail Member

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    Guys thank you for the overwhelming response. Went to bed thinking I'd get a couple responses throughout today but woke up to a 3 page thread!

    Chinatown, thank you for the company references.

    If any of you are in Colorado, have you heard of Aggregate Industries? It's 10 minutes from my house. It looks like they contracted with an o/o (PNST?) to do their end dump work. I see the end dumps parked there every night and driving on Hwy 83 every day. Thought that would be a great place to look into. The trucks are all newer flat top sleeper Peterbilt 389s - judging by that it seems like they probably wouldn't hire a rookie but I suppose it can't hurt to reach out.
     
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    I know a retired USMC Colonel that landed a good job as CFO with some nationwide company. Hated it, so went to cdl school and hit the road as an OTR driver. He said that's the most satisfying job he's ever had and just loved running the roads.
    University degree is nice to have, but sometimes not fulfilling.
     
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