Transition Out of Trucking...

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by RubberDuckie, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. DiaperRash

    DiaperRash Bobtail Member

    Oct 17, 2017
    It's hard getting out of driving.
    Almost 30 years of it. And I'm only 50.
    Flats in the northwest and west. Tanks all 48. Doubles thru the rust belt. Peddled freight and dock. Only differences are weather and traffic.
    Tried many times to get out.
    People either want you college educated or go thru all their years of training and programming in there corporate ways. Alot of times they figure once they got you as a driver that's where they will keep you. Good drivers are hard to come by. Anyone can punch buttons on the computer and hit the backspace delete delete button in between naps to correct their mistakes. Temp agencies can give you several ideas on what fit you or not. More often than not you won't see temp to hire aspect.
    If your a vet. State or county roadwork is a good place. Had a few friends get out and enjoying there jobs and money. Alot of the folks are middle aged.
    All in all I wish you well on your journeys.
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  2. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2014
    cold as hell, MN
    And the opposite in a few areas!

    Side note that is on topic of the op, i did it! (Well within a few weeks anyway..) im out. Trading keys for a keyboard.
  3. Jazz1

    Jazz1 Road Train Member

    May 7, 2012
    Thunder Bay On
    Transition and get a real job? Can't imagine having to work with people from this planet. Much prefer staring at pavement listening to tunes.
    I don't think there is a more mindless sedentary job than driving a truck
  4. Bootheel Runner

    Bootheel Runner Bobtail Member

    Aug 20, 2017
    SRT and Covenant are both needing recruiters trainers dispatchers and Driver managers. I want to say they're hiring in safety to but don't quote me on that. They have been a pretty good company to work for. Might be worth a look.
  5. free spirited1

    free spirited1 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    So what did OP end up this year 2018? Sorry I'm a old post
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  6. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    Transition out of trucking:

    Step 1 - abandon your truck in the middle of nowhere.

    Step 2 - move to Colorado, Oregon, or California.

    Step 3 - smoke pot.

    Step 4 - apply at McDonald's.
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  7. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Heavy Load Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    Seems more like the "path to prison" to me. Legal MJ, rent, and other costs go through the roof in those states. And with all those automated machines, no job prospects seem likely in that particular fast-food establishment. Can't get the old job back, envy kicks in, doors start getting kicked in.

    Welcome to 4 bologna's and a crowded floor!!!
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  8. Rocknroller4

    Rocknroller4 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 25, 2015
    Working at McDonalds sucks. In a small town anyways. Take my word for it but they are improving the look of some of the outlets. Some of them have fountains out front and nice interiors.
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  9. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Heavy Load Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    I'd at least try working at a sit-down restaurant, In'N'Out, or even working my way up in Food and Beverage side of a large casino if I had to venture into "that side" of food service.
    At least the pay at those particular establishments, and the positions, tend to be not so dead-end.

    A typical, fast-food joint is for teens, 20-something's, and the more unfortunate lot in life of any age that either have that or deal with a lengthy sentence.
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  10. NightWind

    NightWind Road Train Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Sunny South, AL
    Well you DON'T want to be a driver manager or dispatcher. That's like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Not only will you have to answer to the drivers calls, but upper management as well. You won't have a life away from work because the phones the company gives you have to be answered no matter what. I say find a small company where you can talk to the people and find your niche. We ALL get tired of the BS but I still love trucking after 37+ yrs. Good luck
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