My station has had 3 mangers in the last year go from ops manager back to being a courier. I didnt quite understand the move till I inquired further. All are 5-7 year employees. As an ops manager at my station you see a solid 50-55 hours a week, but its salary whether they work 40 hrs or 55hrs, they get paid the same. If you go from OPS manger to courier your start automatically at topout pay. Thats right, all these managers went to courier, and make more then their coworkers who have been driving many years longer. What these guys discovered is going from salary manager to a topout hourly courier they make much more a year then they would staying as an ops manager. So I figure, go through aspire, take an ops job anywhere you can find no matter how bad a station or location, then simply put in your offer letter commit duration (1-2 years I believe depending on station) then bid out asap for a courier position of your choosing. One can become a manager within several years of being with the company if things line up right. If you want to stay in express long term this may be an option to truly consider. Its not ideal or easy but its the only way possible from what I can tell.