Driving into your future: Make trucking 1 of your 7 careers

By Todd Jadin Oct 19, 2015
Schneider Truck

Many people experience multiple job changes in their lifetime, but shifting gears to a whole new career is another story. However, it is said that the average U.S. worker can expect to change their career seven times throughout his or her lifetime.

That may seem like a pretty steep number, but some of the reasons behind it make sense:

  • Advancements in technology or an industry in general can cause a person’s current job to evolve into something completely new
  • Downsizing can make an individual reevaluate their current position and look in a new direction
  • A temporary or seasonal job sparks an interest in a career change
  • Career satisfaction evolves, making a career switch integral for greater job fulfillment
  • Lifestyle changes prompt a change in direction

And while those are just a few examples of a career change catalyst, the result is the same. These catalysts open the door for people to identify and assess the likes and dislikes of their current job, uncover their passions and make the move to embark on a completely new journey — like truck driving.

Why You Should Get Behind the Wheel

Truck driving should be considered for one of the coveted seven careers because drivers play a vital role in keeping our economy moving and growing. This mission-critical job ensures the goods we use day in and day out are readily available to us. Ultimately, drivers are responsible for making our lives better each and every day.

We know many of our drivers weren’t born into the profession, and they may not even retire as drivers, but Schneider welcomes people from all walks of life to give professional truck driving a shot — no matter the length of the career. Whether you’re military personnel transitioning into civilian life (like Jay Hull), looking to get out of the office and onto the open road (like Timothy Clark), or ready to realize a childhood dream (like Frederick “Freddie” Jordan), professional driving can be the bridge to take you from point A to point B.

The Perks of Being a Truck Driver

Driving is more than just life on the road. You’re set up for success with a host of benefits, including:

  • Work-life balance, configuring a schedule to fit any lifestyle
  • Positive work challenges (e.g., navigating new obstacles, operating new equipment, on-the-spot problem solving)
  • Good pay, starting from the minute you get in your truck and start driving
  • Benefits (e.g., 401(k), health insurance, tuition reimbursement, etc.)
  • Military-friendly for both active soldiers and veterans
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • The option to bring a friend or family member along for the ride and work as a driving team
  • Freedom, independence, opportunity to travel and a sense of adventure

These, and many other perks, make driving a viable option for people looking for something new.

Making A Leap of Faith

For many, career change is inevitable at some point. When considering next steps, it should not only allow you to transfer your current skills, but expose you to new ones as well. Professional driving incorporates both of those, utilizing what you already know and providing you with something new. You’ll receive the support you need to fully prepare for life behind the wheel, making you confident in your new career. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a driver, why not make now the time to find out? You may end up loving it and opening the door to a huge variety of additional career paths.

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About the Author

Todd Jadin

Todd Jadin is Vice President of Associate Relations and Talent Management for Schneider and has been an integral member of the Big Orange for over 30 years. When not creating the associate experience, you can find Todd spending time with his family and actively assisting with youth basketball in the Green Bay area.

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