Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
The day I turned 16, I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles, took and passed my drivers test.
Prior to that, I drove with my dad as much as I could to get comfortable.
While growing up on a farm I learned to drive large vehicles.
When I got married, my husband taught me how to drive and back up a pickup and boat trailer.

Career

Transit Driver/Back Up Dispatcher

I drive public transit, getting people from point A to point B.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Education
Being Creative

Day to Day

Picking up and delivering passengers to their destinations safely. Making sure my bus is operationally sound to make it through the shift, by completing a pre trip inspection. Enjoying friendly conversation with my passengers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You will need to study and pass a Commercial Drivers License test on a computer and an actual behind the wheel test. Usually performed by your employer, but sometimes by the State of Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. This will be done in a 40 Foot bus with air breaks. There are many components to a large vehicle and you will need to memorize them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get your drivers license and maintain a good driving record until you are 21 and have 5 years of driving experience.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"My junior year of high school, I apply for business college in Portland and scheduled a visit with my parents and college representative. When the visit was over, my parents said, "we don't think you will be successful" and that has been my mantra since."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Learning Issues
Drugs / Addiction