Persuing Trucking after college, have you done it?

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  1. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Make that after trucking, experimented with college. Wife got a worthless 4 year and I learned to back out of IT after two.

    Mid 40's sitting with a room full of 18 something computer hotshots in IT Security class was ... interesting.

    I found college to be a bloated revenue system designed to indebit students fresh out of high school with a well rounded batch of courses that are not focused on a chosen trade. And the remedials were even worse. I endured Algebra and converted everything to truck weights to the aggravation of the teacher there who essentially gave me a grade of 60 and told me to gtfo and don't touch math again lolz. (I was never much of a math person... but if you wanted bullet drop at 1000 yards.... then we will get it done...)
     
  2. spyder7723

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    Nah you misunderstood me. I'm not really gripping about the cost of the education. If i had chosen to use it it would of been a very worthwhile investment.
     
  3. Rubber duck kw

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    A job that actually requires a degree in something seriously starts out that low on pay? My little brother just got a job starting pay at 16 an hour plus overtime and pretty decent benefits, with nothing but a high school diploma.
     
  4. BigpopperRunner

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    Yeah, nowadays a bachelors degree is like a high school diploma. I know a lot of people with “useless” college degrees that come out making minimum wage or can’t even get a job lol. My friend graduated college the same time as me and was working as a waiter for one year before he got a hospital job. Guess what, he made double the amount as a waiter because he got tips. College isn’t everything, it’s who you know and what skills you can show.
     
  5. spyder7723

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    It's also getting a degree that's in demand. To many people get degrees in what sounds fun and or fast and easy without doing any research in to what the demand is.
     
  6. Rickp

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    I did 14 yrs in a truck then got out and got a degree. Worked in that field 10 yrs and now im back in a truck. They werent wasted years, i enjoyed it and made good money, but ended up with a medical problem that meant i couldnt do the fun parts of that job anymore and was gonna be stuck in a cubicle the rest of my life so back to trucking. I also got to learn about running businesses and corporate regs before going self employeed.
     
  7. BigpopperRunner

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    I know what you mean. If you watch Dave Ramsey on YouTube, there are thousands of college students calling in on how to handle their debt. Even one medical student who got into medical school in the Caribbean’s failed his board twice and they removed him from ever taking it. He currently owes 430k in school loans and he’s a biology teacher. It’s kind of sad how the education system is like a mill, they take in students and push them out without any knowledge of the real world. There are however, useful degrees: nursing, PT( if you pursue graduate school), IT, computer science, restaurant management, and business (HR).
     
  8. BigpopperRunner

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    I actually started working as a physical therapist aide making $11 an hr in LA and only moved up to $13 max. That’s mainly the starting base pay for college graduates with a PT undergrad degree. It’s a great field and it’s rewarding but he money wasn’t there. I think it’s best to be self-employed (certain aspects anyways) because you can be your own boss as a O/O or even if you run your own fleet.
     
  9. Atlaw4u

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    Yes. I drive part-time under my own authority to supplement the income from my low-paying government job, which requires a doctorate degree.

    I drove a truck to put myself through college and graduate school 20 years ago and I still enjoy driving.
     
  10. Ridgeline

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    I learned something a long long time ago when I entered university, degrees are not in demand, people with good skills and the ability to learn quickly are. The degree only opens the door for some people, not all, in specific disciplines.

    I wouldn't even know why people enter the medical field without serious researching about it. The same goes for IT and other ventures in soft arts.

    To the OP, just be prepared to have a rude awakening, even if you think you can drive a truck, doesn't mean you can drive a truck.
     
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