Changing careers, or perhaps deciding on a first career, can be a hard decision to make. It’s human nature to think of the negatives, and we often use them as excuses in our lives. When it comes to a truck driving career, there are several considerations to make, and these can become barriers if you let them. Some of these considerations include cost, proximity of training, doubts about employment options post training, and even one’s own ability to work as a truck driver.
These barriers can be overcome with a little thought, a little effort, and a positive attitude. Let’s break those perceived barriers down a little.
Cost – truck driver training is not exactly cheap, however, I wouldn’t put it into the expensive basket either. You will certainly earn the cost of your training several times over in your first year of employment so you should consider any cost as being an investment – it will pay interest big time over your working life. When it comes to finding the money to pay for your training, there are several options ranging from up-front cash or taking out a training loan to accessing a government program. If you contact us, we can generally help you find the best option for your situation. Truck driving is a well paid career option with some drivers earning as much as $100k each year.
Proximity to training – there are truck driver training options everywhere, however, we can certainly understand a person’s reservations about spending money without first checking the credentials of a training school. Whilst you may not live down the road from our training school, we do offer accommodation assistance for the period of your training. The accommodation is located close to our training school, is very comfortable, and has all the amenities required.
Post training employment – our economy is slowly rebuilding, and this has led to an increase in demand for goods. At the same time, our current work force of truck drivers is aging – there are a lot of baby-boomers ready to retire. This is putting a lot of pressure on truck driver employment numbers. The estimate is, at the current rate of training and retirement, that there will be a shortfall of over 100,000 truck drivers by 2015 – and there’s plenty of work available right now. Post training, we will work with you to find your first job.
Ability to work as a truck driver – this is one question that you will need to answer for yourself. Truck driving careers are not just long haul interstate jobs, there are local jobs that have you home every night. Truck driving is not hard work – it can be a little monotonous, however, that’s true of most careers.
If you have the confidence to undertake truck driver training, then we can help you determine your best payment options, find the best training school, and to find that first job post training. You just need to bring the right attitude – the barrier will soon fall away, and before you know it, you’ll be well satisfied in a new career as a truck driver.