How do I know if a job is a good fit for me?
December 14, 2013 12:00 PM Subscribe
Earlier this week I started working at a flour mill driving tractor trailers, after 2 months of training at a truck driving school to obtain a CDL, and I am having doubts about this decision.
posted by 8LeggedFriend to Work & Money (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Even though I wouldn't say I dislike it, the hours are freakishly long at times, there is a considerable amount of manual labour, and driving tractor trailers is more stressful than I thought it'd be.
Yesterday, after I completed my second day of on-the-job training, I asked myself, "Is this what I want to do? Will this make me happy?"
Honestly, I chose to take the truck driving course because it was offered to me for free, and because the careers I really want to do require education I currently cannot access because of the costs or location. In the future, I would like to re-attend a college, ideally without a student loan, and pursue a career I think will be fulfilling to me: Geographic Information Systems with a Concentration in Cartography.
Until then I thought I would take advantage of the truck driving course and become more independent. However, I am finding that truck driving is considerably more stressful and complicated than I thought it would be, and I can't help but think I might have made a mistake.
Or am I making conclusions too soon? The company treats me well even though I have limited experience, I make a reasonable income for a 22 year old with no real job experience (around $40, 000/year). Perhaps it is 'harder' because it is new and I am not used to these long days?
Moreover, it is unrealistic to look for a job that makes me feel fulfilled and that I like in these times, where there is mass unemployment and many people my age can't find any work to sustain themselves much less work they like?
I would appreciate advice about this. Thank you.