Have you ever been driving down the motorway, seen a big rig and thought “That must be a great job!” Or perhaps you’ve put hundreds of hours into Euro Truck Simulator 2 and wondered if it would be as fun in real life. I’m here to tell you that, on both accounts, you’re right. If you’ve ever thought “I want to do that!” then proceeded to quit your current job to become a truck driver, then this blog is not for you. If you’re yet to have that thought process, here are 7 points that will convince you to quit your current job and begin your HGV training.
1. Good Pay.
Let’s be realistic here, the pay is one of the first things people want to know about any job.
In the UK, once you have completed your category C & CE driver training, you can earn anywhere between £18,500 and £24,500 per year. Experienced drivers can earn up to £35,000 and in some cases, more. This is more than a pretty penny in anybody’s eyes!
But money isn’t everything. After completing your training you
can expect more benefits including:
2. Job Security.
It’s a worrying time we live in for a lot of people. Jobs and positions of all sorts can become redundant in a moment’s notice. When this happens, it can put a huge amount of stress on your life. Not knowing where the next pay cheque is coming from, whilst bills begin to rack up.
With huge numbers of goods transported in and around Europe, demand for drivers of HGV’s is extraordinary. This creates a high level of job security for any working and qualified truck driver. This becomes extremely useful if you need a period off work for whatever reason. You may not be able to go back to any of the regular routes you previously had, but there will always be work.
What’s more, there is currently a real demand for truck drivers due to a severe shortage in the UK and Europe. To see more, click here.
If you sit at the same desk day in and day out for years, you may wish for some variety in your job. After all, variety is the spice of life. And after completing your training, a truck driver can be a very spicy job. See what we did there?
You may or may not be surprised to know that many different countries partake in the act of sending and receiving goods via HGV. If you’re hearing this for the first time, colour me surprised. I do have to ask why you’re on point 3 of a blog about why you should become a truck driver if you don’t already know this.
Due to this, professional truck drivers can expect a lot of variety in job routes. From driving one city to another within a single country, delivering to multiple neighbouring countries, to a cross-Europe drive. When becoming a professional truck driver, be prepared for no two days to be the same.
3. Be Your Own Boss.
Don’t you hate when you’re trying to work and your boss is behind you, peering over your shoulder? Checking when you take breaks and what exactly you’re doing at every second?
As a professional truck driver, it’s up to you to get the job done. Nobody is looking over your shoulder. Well, apart from that furry mascot you bought at the petrol garage that sits behind you. Providing you get the job done and play by the rules, how exactly you get it done is down to you. Want to belt out the Cher show tunes whilst working? Go for it! Want to stop on the Autobahn to see the impressive self-cleaning toilets? As long as you complete the job on time, go for it! If that sounds like a bit of you, you can start your training with Flexistaff Solutions.
Seriously though, those Autobahn toilets are something else.
Being a professional truck driver presents the opportunity to travel across the world.
As a professional truck driver based in the UK, it’s likely you’ll find yourself taking jobs that require you to travel throughout Europe. As you may have noticed, much of Europe is connected by land. Due to this, many of its countries choose to deliver their goods via HGV’s and trucks. France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, and Poland are just some of the countries you can expect to see. And get paid to see them none the less.
Well, maybe not paid to see them, but you get the idea. You’ll get paid whilst you see them. Which is just as good.
6. Change of Career.
After completing your training, around 7 weeks of hands-on training, you’re ready to begin your new career as a professional truck driver. That’s right. Within two months you can swap your office chair and laptop for a truck, the open road, and Rawhide on the radio.
The major plus side to becoming a professional truck driver is that you need only one skill – you need to be qualified to drive a HGV. That’s it. You don’t need to be tall, small, young, old, strong, inventive, or any combination of these. If you’re qualified to drive a truck, you can get work driving a truck. It’s as easy as that.
7. Love of Driving.
If you love driving or travelling, wouldn’t it be great to get paid to do that? Well, as a trained truck driver, you can do exactly that.
We’ll be honest, that’s all we’ve got for this point. But we’re pretty sure the previous 6 points will have convinced you anyway.