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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by farmalltom, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Drifter42

    Drifter42 Hopper Heartache

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    With you being so close to the Schneider yard, I would consider trying them out. I got my start there and it's not as bad as some people make it out to be. Yes I was otr and was gone 3 to 4 weeks at a time and it is hard at first, but you take your knocks and get in a year or two of experience and many more doors will open up for you such as local, regional etc. Putting in some time to gain experience will help a lot to get on with the smaller companies or a better paying gig. Schneider offers 14 on 7 off, but slip seating trucks is not really my thing for otr, local maybe, not otr where you have to sleep in someone elses filth lol. There are options out there, you just have to gain trucking experience first. Hope that helps.
     
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Part of this post sounds alot like Werner but the entire post is so true.
     
  4. farmalltom

    farmalltom Bobtail Member

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    Well, after some consideration, I am holding off on this a bit, I think.
    While I am confident that I could/can make it happen and work out for me/us in the long run, I also don't want to be too hasty.
    We have one child still at home, although he has just one year of high school left. I'd rather not miss out on that if I don't have to...
    So.. I'm thinking it might be wise to first investigate a couple of other avenues first...

    First, I saw today that one of the railroads in my is looking for someone in my area with an electrical/mechanical background.
    Second, Deere is also bringing on some people and, while I have less interest in a production/assembly line type job, they do appear to have at least one opening for an "Experimental Mechanic".
    Last, if nothing else, a local freight company has offered me a P&D position. It's not really what I was initially hoping for but... It would, at least, provide me with driving experience... :/
     
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