As 2017 draws to a close, are you once again wishing you’d spent it on self improvement, designing a life, or chasing career fulfilment?

These aren’t simply hipster terms to be dismissed as faddish thinking. Each of these phrases is getting to the crux of what so many of us are feeling these days – that we live to work, rather than working to live, and that we’re wasting our time in jobs that don’t give us enough back.

Before you get too depressed thinking about your own work life balance and job satisfaction levels, here’s an interesting prospect for you. Have you ever considered a career as an HGV or passenger vehicle driver?

Now if the answer is no, ask yourself why. Is it because you think it doesn’t pay well? That it’s not for people like you? That it’s hard to train, or hard to get a job?

If you do think any of these things, let’s start by clearing something up. You’re wrong on all counts, and those thoughts could be keeping you from one of the most life-changing career moves you’ll ever make.

The truth is that there are thousands of jobs in the haulage and passenger transportation sectors. So many jobs that the HGV industry is relying heavily on foreign drivers right now because they’re struggling to recruit enough UK-based drivers to keep up. This includes a special effort to bring young people, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and women into the industry – it’s not just a job for middle-aged white men anymore (although they’re of course still welcome, because it’s all hands on deck to keep the country running).

And the pay can far exceed what you’d earn at an office job, with an average wage of £31,000 for an HGV driver working in transport. If you can find another job that includes as much travel, expenses and listening to podcasts as this then flag it up!

Learning isn’t hard, and by far the majority of people who apply for a professional driving licence will get one. It doesn’t even need to take long. You can take intensive courses to pass in a matter of days, or weeks if you need to spread it out a bit.

There’s so much variety to be had, too. Love people? Be a bus or coach driver meeting loads of them every day. Love solitude? Drive an HGV around the country delivering to supermarkets. Want to travel abroad? Be a long-distance driver taking ferries and trains around Europe and beyond.

If you’re unsure what sort of driving job might suit you, but you’re ready to have a conversation about it, you can call a company like Specialised HGV Training who can talk you through all the options as well as explaining what it will cost, how to spread the payments, how long it’ll take to qualify, and how quickly you can expect to be in work.

This time next year, you could be looking back with pride and satisfaction with regard to your job, wage and work-life balance, so what are you waiting for?

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