Okay -- I am in desperate need of employment. I've been looking. Nothing. I'm not going to college at this time.
I have been thinking about how badly I wanted to travel and see the country. I stumbled across the idea of truck driving.
The only problem is I don't want to do it forever. Ideal professions for me involve creativity and the arts. Should I go with a company that trains you to drive and then work it for a while, or should I find some other job and go back to college?
Are there any truck drivers on here? What's it like?
My gut reaction is that you should find some other job and go back to college - but I'll be the first to admit that's based only on a very limited experience with truck drivers and that industry.
Agreed, as painful the thought of education is, it is necessary
Victor you need a plan, I have noticed by reading your posts over the last few months you have bounced back in forth in your direction considerably, from your own business, moving out, maybe going to college or not I don't recall, now truck driving.
So here is a basic plan:
Now these are just a few suggestions but you seem to waffle back and forth on a few things and you need a little direction to get you started, make a plan that works for you and go.
I recall you living in the Fort Worth area and things are great here in Texas and this is a great place to live, go out and live.
By the way you don't want to be a truck driver, but you might consider the service it may give you the direction you need.
Good Luck, now go make it happen.
This ^. You need to quit pondering and just do something. Maybe look into the guard or military reserves. It would give you some skills, some cash and some college money while you still have time to work a job or write or do whatever. It may be a good way to get some direction in life.
I don't really want to be harsh but here goes.
Victor, you need to stop asking other people for direction in your life. No one other than you can get your ass up and moving, no one can or should pick your life for you, and only you know what you want to do. Pick a direction, pick a goal and work towards it. Want to move out of your parents' house, then get a job and move out no matter what it takes. Want to go to college and get your degree? Then talk to the financial counselors at the college of your choice and figure out what is available for you and go. STOP MOPING AROUND AND GET MOVING IN SOME DIRECTION! You're stuck in a pity party of one.
And here's the great part about being young. If, after you pick a direction and reach that goal, it turns out that it isn't quite what you thought it would be then try again, you've got time; it's called living instead of just existing.
You're New Year's Resolution should be to develop some reachable goals for yourself and a road map to get there.
You are completely right. I was just wondering why it was that I keep asking others for a sense of direction, because I do feel completely directionless. The last 4 years have been a directionless tailspin.
The fact that you admitted this to yourself is a good sign. Sometimes reality hurts but sometimes it's a good thing how it can hit you like that. You ever thought about a trade it's not to late i see you and I are the same age. I went back to school, even though I have a degree in Electrical Tech, I could have just done grunt work, and not that I don't thing it's good work it is, but I just wanted to go a step father so I'm going for my EE degree, don't think you can't do something like that. If you go all year you can get done quicker, you just got to pound the pavement. But ultimately it's up to you.
There are short-term goals, there are mid-range goals, and there are long-terms goals. Then again, there are IMMEDIATE NEEDS that supersede (and sometimes disrupt) ALL our goals, and being out of work is an immediate need. The majority of the people you see working at low-end service jobs are not where they intend to be for the rest of their lives, particularly young people. They're just doing it for the time being until they can get their ducks in a row and do something else. Meanwhile, they're learning skills in a different field, they're greatly enriched by seeing that side of live, and it helps them grow as a person.
If you have an opportunity to be a truck drive, then go for it. You don't have to do it forever (though you may decide you like it after all). Once you've made arrangements to go back to school or do something else, your income from the "temporary" job will have sustained you and made that transition possible. Go for it!
I've represented trucking companies at least twice. Both times, everyone involved was polite, intelligent, and patient. "Everyone" includes the office managers, owners, and actual drivers.