Stick to sparkying for an income, and do agency driving on the weekends if you must.Gents,
I'm gonna ask the following question on this ongoing thread rather than starting a new thread simply because this thread is a sensible one and no one has trolled it.
I've already mentioned on here that I'd like to go over to HGV work, and that my theory test etc is booked for next month. The problem is that next week I'm starting a new job back as a Sparkie. The money at the moment is though the roof. Sparking is what I've done for most of my working life, with the exceptions of the army, the fitness industry, and the prison service. No matter what change of direction I have taken I have always ended up back working as a Sparkie. It's what I know, but it has never been a job that I loved to do. Hence why I changed careers a few times.
Why I now have my heart set on lorry driving I'll never know, but the fact that you are on your own, and that you don't have people standing over you all day is what appeals to me the most. I'm never gonna earn the sort of money driving wagons that I would earn as a sparkie - at least not in the first few years anyway, but I'm not in a position now where I have to chase every penny. Doing a job that I enjoy is my number one priority nowadays.
Sparky wise, it's just your typical 40 odd hours a week. But it can be hard physical work at times, and lets face it, I ain't a spring chicken anymore. That was one of the main reasons that I jacked in the prison service.
HGV wise, I know that I'm gonna be working long hours but if it's something that I'm enjoying doing then long hours won't bother me much.
My partner wants me to do a job that I enjoy doing, and she certainly isn't the kind of woman who expects me to earn big money. After all, sparking or HGV I'm never gonna come close to earning what she does anyway.
My head is telling me to stick with sparking, whilst my heart is saying change careers yet again and go over to HGV work.
If you're used to regular 40 hour weeks, jumping straight into full time trucking will do neither body nor bank much good.
There're good reasons so many truckers jack it in their 50s.