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I've been driving truck for 11 years for this company. I'm treated good, I have been able to become a driver trainer and learn allot about the industry. I am considering going LTL (less than truckload) I would still be home every night. I don't mind the extra work. I would finally get more pay. Even with a recent pay raise, training pay and back to regional devision ( Chicago and back every night) I am still bringing in the same income that I always have. We are making ends meet, I just have a constant struggle with myself that I could do better. The prospective company offers more pay ( i believe it LTL has always made more that full truck load), a more active lifestyle and a chance to get into the Truck Driving Championships. What do you all think?

John808's picture

Try a pro/con analysis.    What's your future like at both companies.  Will in five years you be doing the samething, will you be comfrontable with that?

techmgr's picture

Hi, I've read your post a few times and thought I would offer my personal take. I do agree with the advice to do a pro/con analysis (or any approach that works for you that helps you quantify the options

on paper). And when you do that you will have an extra exercise to do - which is to define what is "pro" and what is "con". As the answer to that is mostly relative to your short and long term goals as well as your responsibilities (eg. Father/husband/ salary earner etc.). As well as how to weigh each pro and con. Some people would prefer a longer commute, whereas for me it is a deal breaker. But the one thing that struck me was your comment that "I could do better". If that struggle comes from a your heart then really consider taking a chance on yourself. After having weighed all the risks of taking the chance, consider also the risk of not taking the chance, and where that puts you in 5, 10 years from now. This is just some friendly feedback to chew on. Cheers, Jeanne 

techmgr's picture

Hi, I've read your post a few times and thought I would offer my personal take. I do agree with the advice to do a pro/con analysis (or any approach that works for you that helps you quantify the options

on paper). And when you do that you will have an extra exercise to do - which is to define what is "pro" and what is "con". As the answer to that is mostly relative to your short and long term goals as well as your responsibilities (eg. Father/husband/ salary earner etc.). As well as how to weigh each pro and con. Some people would prefer a longer commute, whereas for me it is a deal breaker. But the one thing that struck me was your comment that "I could do better". If that struggle comes from a your heart then really consider taking a chance on yourself. After having weighed all the risks of taking the chance, consider also the risk of not taking the chance, and where that puts you in 5, 10 years from now. This is just some friendly feedback to chew on. Cheers, Jeanne