I started working at UPS when I was 19. I thought I'd be here forever and I stayed in school till I knew I'd be up for at least a cover driving posistion. I enjoyed doing the airs in the morning as an exception driver and on saturdays, and then doing my clerk job in the evening. Not great money, but for my last semester of college it was great. 2 weeks ago I was offered a cover driving job and I knew I could make more money with UPS than I ever could with my degree from USF. I have yet to re-register for fall of 2006, so if I don't I'll be a drop out with 66 credit hours. They put me on a route which many of the veteran drivers and two on roads for my center said was THE WORST route in the center. I literally worked 12 hours everyday, barely knew anything about the area...etc I had a crammed ford p1000 (thank GOD it had power steering), with 120 stops and 25 pickups on my FIRST day..and throughout the week. By wednesday, I had most of the businesses down but I was still missing some of them. It sucked, the route so far broke 3 people including me. I DQ'd myself from cover driving friday when I finally got back at 10pm. I never IMAGINED how hard that job would be. At this point, I have chosen to go back to my dual part time jobs. I know I can try again in 6 months, but heres my question - does it get any easier? The two other drivers on my loop said they did not cut their teeth on a route like I have. I have only been air driving since march of this year as well. Two drivers have said stick it out, they are around late 20's. I just turned 21 in january. However, most of the vet's have said GO BACK TO SCHOOL kid you don't want this . I made great money, but my hands have blisters, I lost 15lbs and I have never been so sleep deprived in my life. Its like they wanted me to fail! A friend of mine that I went to high school went to work as a locator for verizon 2 years ago and is now making around 15 an hour with IBEW protection and benefits like I have. He said they need Fios (fiber optic internet and TV) installers badly. I am seriously considering this 8-5 job and doing part time school in the evening over just sticking it out with UPS and trying again once my experience gets better. Any input from old school guys?