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This is a big year for Canada cel­e­brat­ing it­s150th Birth­day. Fes­tiv­i­ties started back in Jan­uary and have been build­ing in mo­men­tum ever since. If you are new to Canada or are just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the cel­e­bra­tions for the first time then you have picked a good year to be in­volved. There will be no short­age of cel­e­bra­tions to be in­volved with and we have much to cel­e­brate. We have a great his­tory, we have a beau­ti­ful coun­try from one end to the other and our na­tion is made up of peo­ple from ev­ery cor­ner of the World. We are a di­verse na­tion with a big heart mak­ing it a great place to live.

It is also a great place to work es­pe­cially in the truck­ing in­dus­try. Many don’t un­der­stand the de­vel­op­ment of the truck­ing in­dus­try and the im­por­tance of it to the coun­try. I started driv­ing back in the 1980’ s and the in­dus­try was a very dif­fer­ent place. We had no log books, lit­tle reg­u­la­tion, and a low sta­tus as to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the driver. It was much like the wild west for truck driv­ing. If you couldn’t do any­thing else you be­came a truck driver.

To­day the in­dus­try has changed dras­ti­cally. Safety has im­proved dras­ti­cally al­though there can al­ways be im­prove­ment in this area. Driver pro­fes­sion­al­ism has been strongly re­de­fined and con­tin­ues to im­prove with pro­grams like Manda­tory En­try Level Train­ing. Car­ri­ers con­tinue to look for top tal­ent as reg­u­la­tions de­mand more pro­fes­sion­al­ism from the in­dus­try. I be­lieve the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the in­dus­try will con­tinue to climb as the in­dus­try im­proves over time. We are on the road to mak­ing truck driv­ing a “skilled pro­fes­sion” much like a trade po­si­tion such as plumb­ing, car­pen­try, or other trades.

Why should you be ex­cited to get into the truck­ing in­dus­try?

The trans­porta­tion in­dus­try of­fers a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to those want­ing sta­ble em­ploy­ment, ca­reer growth, and in­de­pen­dence in their job. Many of my col­leagues have sim­i­lar paths to my own. They started as a truck driver at the be­gin­ning of their ca­reer and now have moved into po­si­tions in re­cruit­ing, safety, man­age­ment, in­sur­ance, truck sales, and many other ar­eas of the in­dus­try. They have good ca­reers that have lasted a life­time and con­tinue to have the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try open op­por­tu­ni­ties as the in­dus­try de­vel­ops with new tech­nol­ogy and pro­grams.

There are many ben­e­fits to be­ing part of this in­dus­try even if you de­cide to stay in the driver’s seat for your whole ca­reer. Driv­ers make good money for those will­ing to learn and ded­i­cate them­selves to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the in­dus­try. Those that con­tinue to im­prove, keep learn­ing

bet­ter ways to do things, and work­ing for good car­ri­ers will build a ca­reer they can be proud to be in. What other in­dus­try al­lows you to have a cor­ner of­fice with a large win­dow that will al­low you to meet other great Cana­di­ans and see some of the most ma­jes­tic land­scapes in the World?

The key to a good ca­reer in this in­dus­try is to be open to new op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­joy the job you have. There are long hours and many ar­eas for im­prove­ment but over­all trans­porta­tion is a great place to build a ca­reer that will last a life­time with many ben­e­fits that other in­dus­tries can’t of­fer. I en­cour­age you to take a se­ri­ous look at this in­dus­try and see the ben­e­fits it has to of­fer. A good place to start that process is with the Smart Trucker Sem­i­nar Se­ries. Our next sem­i­nar is Tues­day Septem­ber 12th, 2017 at 5: 00pm. You can learn more and reg­is­ter at www. road­to­day. com/ smart­trucker.

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