I'm a truck driver with Connors Transfer
I came back from living out west, and needed a new career. My father was a truck driver, and it led me to look into the same thing. I looked at a couple different schools and found Commercial Safety College had consistently high ratings. I came in for an interview and they sold me on the school...so I was on the way to a new career.
The program was eight weeks, there was a lot of hands-on and classroom experience. There was also a four-week internship, which is very helpful for getting in with trucking companies.
The first few days of school were a little overwhelming, as I hadn't been in school for 10 years. But every instructor at Commercial Safety College said the same thing: "You'll catch on, and you'll do great." I wasn't very mechanically inclined—nor was I a big car guy when I entered school—but the instructors are so knowledgeable and encouraging, by the fifth week I knew every part of that truck, inside and out.
My first day as a truck driver was a mix between excitement and nervousness! It's one thing to drive with a coach, and have someone making sure everything is on track, but when you're on your own, all the little things you took for granted now are your responsibility, and yours only. But with every day that you're in the truck, it becomes a little bit easier and a little more natural.