Just started, staying at Swift for only 1 year?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Nyseto, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    The shortest route from now to your future is shortest if you know EXACTLY where you want to wind up. Find the company you want to work at and focus your efforts on getting the requirements that one company demands. 99% of newbies DO NOT focus, they hope and wait and flip a coin. Then they complain the industry is terrible. Don't do that. It won't work any better for you than it did for them. There are companies that are exactly what you want.
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  2. Dan.S

    Dan.S Light Load Member

    May 10, 2017
    So, so true.

    Anyone new to trucking...do yourself a favor and re-read @tscottme ’s post...

    Don’t settle. Pick a goal, and work toward it.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Where is your location; maybe can give you some ideas for local work after 12 mos.
  4. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    Hang for the year, fulfill your contract then worry about it then. Driving jobs are easy enough to find, local or long haul, besides by then you will have been married a few months and may have decided you want to stay long haul FOREVER. lol
  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    Bottom line no one blames you for getting away from a starter company after 6 months, You want to run local there's plenty of companies to go to you just have to look..
    I work for a temp agency, pay varies, USPS pays me 28.00 per hour, tonight Imgoing to UPS at 25.00 per hour 10 hour minimum tonight....The agency I work for takes driver at 6 months.. Lots of nay sayers don't let them get in your way.
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  6. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    You could not be more wrong, you can make more money local , but you have to put in the legwork. Kemira Chemical, water treatments, pays 28.00 per hour local, The jobs are there for you younger drivers. Driver mills generally don't pay well....
  7. Craig List

    Craig List Light Load Member

    May 30, 2019
    Great advice.

    What company is this??

    Sounds like great money, buy why work for a temp agency instead of getting on somewhere permanent ?

    I have a different game plan in mind. I plan to get my CDL and drive for a local company (delivery) for a couple years, then move on to tankers/LTL/Food Svc, not 100% sure but that is my thought process.
  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 'contract' is only the amount of time it takes to pay off the debt of school with the monthly installments.
    If you leave before that time you still owe Swift the remainder of the money, but no one is forcing you to stay.

    The reason some people are saying stay for two years is that, during the second year Swift pays you back all that money at the same rate that you paid them. At the end of 2 years you will have paid nothing for your training.
    It is a pretty good deal, in my opinion.

    If you find a company to work for that will more than cover that, then go for it.
    But there are many people that leave Swift for greener pastures only to realize that those pastures are actually very brown.
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  9. Craig List

    Craig List Light Load Member

    May 30, 2019

    I thought it was the other way around. You get the CDL free so to speak and you are not paying for anything out of your check.
    I know some companies may have a lower staring pay rate and certain things like that but I didn't think you paid anything back unless you left before that year was up.
    The only other thing is lets say you don't pay them back, do they put it on your credit report?
    I am also pretty sure you can't use them as a reference either. ;)
  10. QuietStorm

    QuietStorm Heavy Load Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    Don't worry about it. Most employers will see you did a whole year at Swift and go, "I can work this guy like a dog and pay him #### and he'll love it"

    So you'll definitely have employment opportunities after the one year.
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