|Type of driver||Regional Driver|
|With Schneider||2 years|
|Miles on the road||105,000|
|Can't live without||Phone|
Regional Van Truckload Driver Monica Abdul-Rashid’s decision to get into trucking was more than a career stepping-stone. It was a life-changing decision. Monica knew getting out on the road was a way for her to take control of her future and an opportunity to put the past behind her. She left her job as an ATM technician in 2011 to drive truck with a transportation company.
Monica learned quickly she loved the freedom she experienced with trucking and decided to stick with the career. That freedom and self-sufficiency also propelled her to end a bad relationship and make a fresh start with her son.
A persistent former co-worker turned recruiter is the reason Monica is driving orange today. He convinced her to try working for Schneider, and she is happy she made the switch.
“I really like it here,” she said. “I’ve driven for other companies and no one is like Schneider.”
Part of her devotion to Schneider is because of her driver business leaders (DBLs).
“Your DBLs make your job,” she noted. “A wonderful DBL truly cares about you, and that helps you enjoy your work.”
Monica also feels respected by her dispatchers. “I love them,” she said. “They treat me like I’m somebody.”
Every driver has a different component they love about the job. For Monica, that aspect is the coupling and uncoupling procedures Schneider imparts on drivers. “If you do it the way they teach you to do it, it’s perfect,” said Monica. “You don’t need to worry about the trailer coming loose.”
Having the proper training to be safe and successful on the road is very important to Monica, but she also enjoys the challenge of putting a smile on a customer’s face. “Sometimes they’re having a bad day, but if by the end of the transaction they’re a different person, I’ve succeeded,” she noted.
Monica enjoys being behind the wheel and considers the open road her home, but she also looks forward to time at home, watching movies with her boyfriend and son.
This past March, Monica was invited to participate in a ride-along orchestrated by Women in Trucking, transporting American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) President Rebecca Brewster to the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.
“I see the respect people have for Rebecca and the job she does,” she commented. “I was extremely nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but I enjoyed her riding with me.”
Monica has aspirations of her own as well, and she sees plenty of opportunity to go far with Schneider. Within two short years, Monica has already experienced career progression. She is currently a training engineer, but she would love to become a yard trainer, getting to students fresh out of school and training them on the truck.
“I aspire to continue moving up within the company. That’s my goal.”
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