Truck driving is a great career option for many people. If you think it might be a great career for you, though, the question is: where do you start? Below, we have some tips on how to start truck driving school, to help you take those initial steps on your new career path!
Learn more about the job
Before you dive right in and enroll in a CDL program, you’ll first want to make sure that truck driving is right for you — you don’t want to invest in a new career that doesn’t end up being a good fit! Do you enjoy being out on the road? Do the expected salaries of your potential job prospects match your financial goals? Ask questions about the job, and about what you want for yourself, so you can be sure everything is aligned.
Research CDL programs
Once you know truck driving is the right path, you’ll want to get the best possible training for it. Find all the CDL programs in your area and examine each one to determine which ones are the top options. Read online reviews, compare course descriptions, and talk to instructors or administrators if possible. It’s also a good idea to check if they have a relationship with a trucking company or any other career assistance available for students. This way, you can be confident you’re getting the most out of your tuition dollars.
Decide how to pay for it
While it’s definitely a good idea to pay upfront in full if possible, that’s not always possible for everyone. If you find that it’s better for you to break up payments instead, check to see what alternative payment options are available for your program. You might be able to pay with a loan, a payment plan, or an ISA — there may even be grant, scholarship, GI Bill, or employer reimbursement opportunities!
Get excited for the new chapter in your life
Learning a new skill and embarking on a career path can be nerve-wracking, but also exciting! Whether you’re starting your first career or making a switch from a different industry, now’s the time to enjoy the next steps you’re taking and to look forward to what’s ahead.