Seeking some advice..

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by ChrisTheBrown, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    Hello, fellow UPSers..My name's Chris, I work at a UPS center in central NY. I got hired in as a part time preloader in June of 2013 and prior to that, I worked as a driver helper for 3 consecutive peak seasons (which is what helped me get in.) I officially qualified last month as a cover driver and have only drove a couple times since then, probably won't drive again until the peak madness begins. I just can't help but get discouraged at times and wonder if I'm selling myself short..I know there's several guys retiring within the next 5 years (first one's leaving this coming Feb/ March) but as the bottom guy on the totem pole, I just don't know how long I can wait. I know this turns into a great career years down the road, but in the meantime, it's very difficult trying to live off what I'm trying to live off, in addition to a part time security job on weekends. I try to just take things one day at a time, stay humble and do my job to the best of my ability. I know management likes me, but at the end of the day, I have to do what's best for myself..Any advice please?..Thanks.

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  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    How many cover drivers ahead of you?

    You seem to have a good attitude, and should stick it out if you can.
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  3. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Kind of depends on how old you are. I would say 35 is about the cut off that I'd stick it out or find something new.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Are you in Syracuse?
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I think the OP has given enough personal info don't you?
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  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Syracuse is a huge facility---it would be hard to figure out who the OP is.
  7. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Considering the OP's avatar is what I'm thinking is a picture of himself, I don't think giving up personal info here should be his biggest concern at the moment.
  8. Are you permanent full time cover driver? If you are you can bump into the building.
  9. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    I just turned 26, a couple of weeks ago. Got hired in about 6 weeks before I turned 25. Some of these guys that are about to retire didn't get started until they were close to 30..I work in Rome.

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  10. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    A lot of people waited quite a bit longer for a FT gig. Pretty sure there is a very current thread where someone asked how long people had to wait. Maybe read that.
  11. Gumby

    Gumby *

    37 years.
    Then you get on, full time.
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  12. AndUPSER

    AndUPSER Active Member

    Do you have anything, education or trade, you can fall back on? If not, wait it out.
  13. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    Not really. I worked at a casino for 6 years (from the ages of 18-24) worked my way up through 3 departments. I then left (a few months before I got hired in @UPS,) to try something different. Had some bumps in the road along the way, but at this point I feel my best option is to just try and stick it out. I just get real discouraged some days is all. Some of these guys are at 8-12 years now, and aren't even full time yet..

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  14. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    I worked three jobs at one point while part time at UPS. Nearly cost me my marriage.

    I have very little experience in anything outside of blowing stuff up. Too old and too worn out To re up in the military so I don't have many options.

    Now many years later my wife threatens to divorce me every time I bring up changing careers.

    Hang tight. It's hard work but it pays off.

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  15. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    Stick it Out. The c urrent hiring boom will continue after peak,and the retirements will increase as well.
    I cant say enough to STICK IT OUT
  16. ChrisTheBrown

    ChrisTheBrown Active Member

    Thank you, Mr. 728.
    7/28 also happens to be my birthday. One day at a time, with this company....& looking forward to driving my very first peak, I'm sure it'll be hell.

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  17. Go Brown Or Go Home!

    Go Brown Or Go Home! Active Member

    Shoot, I get discouraged every damn day! Some days it sucks real real bad some days just a weeeee bit less. Try to make the best of it and in the end you'll look back and be like, damn, I did that! I can't wait to go back to only 1 job! I know its coming but 8 the mean time I'm just suckin it up.
  18. RonBurgandy??????????

    RonBurgandy?????????? God is Great, beer is good , People are crazy.

    It dosent have to be , think of it like this , you are making time and a half for every hour they work you over 8 hours this peak. That is going to be a lot of money for a man your age. Take it one package at a time, don't get overwhelmed or flustered. You can only do so much. Take it one package at a time and focus your thoughts on that ot cash my friend.
  19. Pooter

    Pooter Active Member

    Find a better full time job while you wait like everyone else.

    It sucks but that's life. :(
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  20. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    If you are worried about the lack of money, and if you can not bump an inside person, you should be able to file for unemployment. It may PO some management, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Good luck brother.
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  21. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Chris worked 3 straight as helper before getting hired perm. Just made cover driver.

    Yeah gotta be 10-15 people meet that criteria.