One of the most exciting parts of recruiting is getting to see the student drivers work on up the ladder to their own truck. To see a person taking a plunge into a new career and a new way of life is inspiring enough, but to see them finish out the program and meet their goals, is pretty dang awesome.
This career is not easy and to be fresh and new to it makes it pretty challenging. To accomplish the program and get out in their own truck is HUGE, and not many really know just how huge it is. Their friends and families have and idea, but just a faint one, of exactly how incredible of an accomplishment it is.
The driving part is the easy part, learning the ins and outs of how to do the job is not the hardest part of it all. What is hard is learning to live in a teeny tiny space, on the constant move, in a rig that can not just go anywhere you please. Even harder is learning to do all this, while sharing this tiny space with a perfect stranger, your trainer.
Not only is it a stranger you start out with, but you are moving into their space and you are small man/woman on the totem pole so to speak. You have to turn over your free will and learn to communicate in ways that may not be intuitive.
I have had a taste of how hard it is to get started in this industry, and it is all the more reason why I get so excited to see the students as they make their way up the ranks and down the road.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.