The idea of attending a four-year university post high school is a presupposed academic step that is ingrained into us since we first learned to read and write. Any other notion is often accompanied with forewarnings of a life flipping burgers or mopping bathroom floors. However, contrary to popular belief, there are actually many other outlets apart from college that still have the potential to propel you forward into a valuable and fulfilling career.
Have you ever considered trade school? This type of career path often only requires a year or less of additional education, is significantly cheaper than college and can get you into the workforce at a much quicker pace. It’s a worthwhile alternative to the traditional college route.
“Four-year degrees often saddle students with huge debt and prevent them from being successful financially. Many students would be better served going to more affordable vocational programs, which teach real-life skills and lead to stable employment for many students,” Mike Row, host of Dirty Jobs, says in an article on Freight Waves.
While there are many avenues for vocational programs, trucking is currently one of the nation’s leading trades. In fact, it is the number one industry currently in need of employees. And it’s not such a bad gig either. Students fresh out of trucking school can earn $45k to $50k as a starting salary!
Furthermore, Career School Now says that as the job market continues to flourish, less than 1/3 of positions will require a college degree, which cues the perfect time for you to look into obtaining a trucking license!
Your first step to getting behind the wheel begins with a high school diploma. Next, you’ll fulfill your commercial drivers license (CDL) requirements through a trucking school. Some of the top rated programs can be found through RoadMaster Drivers School, Sage Truck Driving Schools, Coastal Truck Driving School and American Truck Driving School, among many others.
Once you have completed your driving and knowledge exams and earn your trucker’s license it’ll be time to find employment…and the Oakley family will be waiting for you with arms wide open!
Interested in joining the Oakley Transport family? Check out our driver requirements and start paving the way to your new career. https://www.oakleytransport.com/requirements.html
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