Is Desk a Four-Letter Word?

Some people are not natural cubicle-dwellers. For them, 8 hours spent sitting behind a desk in a climate-controlled building surrounded by other people engaged in the same work is a punishment, not a job.

If you’re a motivated, independent worker who’s not comfortable staying in one place day after day, and you don’t necessarily have to leave your job behind at 5 p.m. everyday, you might want to consider a career as a long haul truck driver.

While the thought of cruising down the highway free as a bird, kilometers from a ringing phone and with no boss breathing down your neck may sound great, there is a lot more to truck driving than just driving a truck.

Whether you’re employed as a company driver or an independent owner/operator, a long-haul truck driver has many responsibilities. You will need to be able to take care of your own scheduling and route planning. You will be responsible for record keeping, and adhering to the complex regulations that govern the industry. You will be charged with responsibility for the security of the goods you transport, the ability of the companies you work for to do business, and the safety of yourself and all of those around you. You are also likely to be away from home for days at a time.

Clearly, long haul (also called “over-the-road”) driving isn’t for everyone. But if you are suited to it’s rather unique set of demands, it can be a very rewarding career. The demand for skilled drivers is anticipated to increase in the coming years, bringing increased security to the profession in the form of more opportunities. Financially, there are rewards in the industry. According to 2011 data from the Conference Board of Canada, the average truck driver’s wage in Manitoba is about $910 weekly, enough to provide a respectable living. Owner/Operators, who run their own businesses can make more money, and have even more control over their careers.
To find out more about careers in the trucking industry, and the steps you need to take in order to make it happen, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.