I am in Syracuse, NY right now for a second time. A few weeks ago I was here for training for Swift. My shifting was a bit shaky, so they suggested I go home and take a shifting refresher course. Well, I did that and came back out. Now I sit here in the hotel, waiting for a mentor (driver instructor to train me over the road). We’ve met some people who waited TEN DAYS for mentors. That doesn’t make me happy. And why not? Because I found out that we don’t even get PAID until we get in the truck! Trans Am may have had a crappy training program, but at least they paid you from day one.
This leaves me feeling like I have a big choice to make, and only a short amount of time to make it in: how long do I wait for them to give me a mentor before I decide the wait isn’t worth it and switch to yet ANOTHER company? The reason why I would have to make the decision fast is because a lot of trucking companies have weekly orientations that start either on Tuesday or Wednesday. However, since these companies are often far away and they insist on getting you out there by bus, I would need to have everything lined up by Monday at the latest.
I hate feeling pressured at times like this. In my experience, when you have to make a hasty decision over an issue this big, it usually turns out to hurt you BADLY in the end.
Over these next few days, I need to pray for guidance.