OPEN NEW DOORS BUS DRIVER LOVES JOB FLEXIBILITY
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.”