New Graduates: Getting Started in the Trucking Industry

Trucking is one of the world’s greatest industries. There are many benefits including competitive pay, travel opportunities, and opportunities to advance in the field. Becoming a driver is hard work and with a few years of experience, you will likely see that driving is very fulfilling financially and otherwise! It may seem like there are roadblocks to driving if you’re new to the career, but many companies will train you for free! So, if you’re in the market for a new career, we urge you to check out truck driving!

A Wonderful New Career

Truck driving is no longer just an old man’s industry. The media likes to portray the modern-day driver as being an older man. Though most drivers are older, there is an increasingly diverse community of drivers in the industry. Truck driving is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy traveling all over the country, providing real world solutions, and having time to think while on the job, trucking may be right for you! 

If you think you’re interested, doing some research is a great first step! There are many careers in the trucking industry, some of which don’t require driving. There are plenty of administrative positions available in larger companies. However, if you are starting out as a driver you also have options between regional and long-haul routes. Depending on which company you choose, you can be traveling along major highways across the United States or learning your local region inside and out while bringing goods to their final destinations. 

In-Demand Hires

It is important to remember when choosing a career that you choose one that is sustainable and will not go away any time soon. While some careers sound appealing, job security is becoming increasingly more important in the modern world. With trucking it is not likely that the industry will ever go away, as it has consistently seen increases in business since its establishment as an industry. Logistical transport of goods from suppliers to final locations is exactly what makes the United States economy run so efficiently and taking drivers out of the equation would be catastrophic.

Building a Lasting Career

As a truck driver, you know your work matters and makes a real difference in the lives of people across the nation. Even if you will never meet most of the people that you serve, they will be incredibly thankful for the cargo you bring to their locale. You will face challenges as a driver including being away from home, the dangers of the road, and possibly boredom from longer drives, but if you find the driving enjoyable you can create a very long and successful career out of it!

Final Thoughts

If you’re newly graduated and unsure of what you’d like to do for a career, truck driving may be a great opportunity for you to make some money, explore the world, and gain experience. You may just fall in love with America’s most important industry and find a lifelong fulfilling career. Do your research and stay curious, as a new grad you have a lot to offer to the world!