To go driving or not to go driving...that is the question

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by nc_upser, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. nc_upser

    nc_upser New Member

    Alright, so I'm pretty new (not even a year under my belt) and I'm preload, but I have been offered a chance to go to driving school (RTD). I am 25 and I am a full time manager of a production company making $14 an hr. I have gotten $1-2 raises every year with this company and they have afforded me this opportunity even with a marred record (assault/possession/etc).

    Do I give that up for driving school? I ultimately want to be a driver, but with the feast or famine I hear of with cover drivers I just don't know what to do to maximize my income over both short and long term.

    All input is appreciated! Thanks

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  2. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    That is only a question that you can answer. Pretty sure there is a Magic 8ball website, if that would help.
  3. mdnj88

    mdnj88 Active Member

    If you ultimately want to be a driver then what more is there to think about?
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  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Stay here (PT) for the benefits and continue to work your up with the production company.

    Resident know-it-all.
  5. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    Is this position a temp driver or full time?
    If it is temp. keep the guaranteed hours at your full time job.
    If its full time, well only you can make that decision.
  6. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Isn't RTD a temp job? I agree with Upstate keep what you have until something better comes along.
  7. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    If you like your current job (and air conditioning) and there's ample opportunity for raises/promotions, stick with it. Enjoy that and your upcoming PT UPS benefits. The back of a package car is something else during those ultra hot/humid NC summer days.
  8. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    $14 vs $37 by the end of the current contract is a no brainer for me. I left a white collar job that I loved because after 3 promotions I was still only making half of what we make driving and the benefits were horrible. I don't love driving but I don't hate it either.

    If you're being offered a casual driving job, called TCD here (temporary cover driver) then pass on it for now and keep your full time job. Sign the inside driver list as soon as you can. If this is a full time cover job that does not end after christmas then jump on it. Talk to HR and tell them you can't give up your full time job but you're interested in a permanent driving job if they get to a hiring off the street point.
  9. nc_upser

    nc_upser New Member

    Great answers, thanks so much! It is a TCD position, listed June 1-Jan2 and with my lack of seniority I'll be one of the last to go. I will keep my eye out for a full time list, our hub opened in '76 so about 70+% of our ft drivers will likely be out soon and I'll have my chance to get in.

    Thanks again for the help! Love this site/app

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