In order to land a career where you earn a good wage, you almost always need more than just a high school education in this job market. There aren’t as many labor or manufacturing jobs like there used to be in the old days. Unfortunately, higher education is financially out of the question for many. Even ones who graduate usually end up paying back ungodly amounts of student loans for a good chunk of their lives. Plus, even with a degree there’s no certainty that you can even find a job anyway.
CDL training is a great alternative to attending college. It’s short, inexpensive or free, and in an economy-proof industry. However, not all training is the same. There’s company-sponsored training and private schools. There’s free training and paid training. There’s the good ones and there’s the…kind-of sketchy ones. So before you decide to get your CDL, you need to know what to look for in these driving schools.
Know the Pro’s and Con’s. Company-sponsored training is a popular method companies use to get skilled drivers in their trucks. They invest the money in you to train and usually have a contract you must sign. This is great because you have a guaranteed job before you even take the courses. However, you’ve got to be smart about it and know the deal or you could end up paying the price. (Literally.)
You know what they say, nothing’s ever free. Well in this case that’s true…kind of. I mean the only problem with company sponsored training is that if for any reason you break the contract you sign at the beginning, they no longer cover the fees. Tons of people have wound up unknowingly getting themselves into situations where they owe all this money. That’s because those people don’t pay attention to the rules of the agreement. Company sponsored training is great…but only do it if you know you can the commitment.
There’s also some CDL training programs that promote themselves as free—but then make you pay the money back after you start working. Plus, trucking companies only pay for that training under the assumption you will work for them for at least a year after getting your CDL. Also, traditionally these programs are really fast-paced which isn’t for everyone. Moral of the story: be sure to research schools before signing on to anything.
Private schools are the other option out there. They’re nice because you don’t have to be committed to a certain company when you do that. Also, some trucking companies will offer reimbursement for attending private trucking schools. A lot of really fine private trucking schools are ones that are at community colleges. (And hey, you can technically say you went to college if you do that!) Private training is better in a lot of cases only because you’re paying for it and therefore sometimes will find that you get to learn at a slower pace and get treated in a more positive manner.
So if you’re thinking about making some big moves for your future, check out trucking school options. Also, keep your eyes peeled because coming soon AllTruckJobs.com will have a state-of-the-art trucking school directory so browsing trucking school options will be easier than ever!