OPEN NEW DOORS BUS DRIVER LOVES JOB FLEX­I­BIL­ITY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

AF­TER years spent driv­ing garbage trucks, hop­ping into the front seat of a bus was no prob­lem for Chris­tine Mana­greve.

Hav­ing it full of peo­ple was a nerve-rack­ing change at first, but it is also what keeps the job in­ter­est­ing.

“It’s a fun job – you meet a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple,” Ms Mana­greve said.

“You form re­la­tion­ships with a lot of the lo­cals you are con­stantly pick­ing up.”

As one of 380 bus op­er­a­tors work­ing from State Tran­sit’s Le­ich­hardt Bus De­pot, Ms Mana­greve is in the mi­nor­ity as a fe­male in an industry tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated by men.

But she be­lieves the job can be well suited to any­one and not as daunt­ing as it looks to get be­hind the wheel.

“It’s the per­fect job if you need to work around kids, it’s very flex­i­ble in hours and it’s easy,” she said.

“It’s ac­tu­ally eas­ier to drive a big­ger ve­hi­cle than a smaller one be­cause you can see what’s up ahead.”

Ms Mana­greve ap­plied for her job al­most five years ago when she was look­ing for a role that fit­ted in with tak­ing care of her fam­ily’s needs.

She works the morn­ing peak shift from 5.11am – 12.58pm, driv­ing the Mar­itime Mu­seum to North Bondi and Chiswick to the City routes.

“I see a lot of things hap­pen­ing on the street – lots of peo­ple walk­ing in front of the bus look­ing at their phone.

“You’ve got to stay alert,” Ms Mana­greve said.

“You have to have a very easy go­ing per­son­al­ity and not let things get to you.”

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