When I grow up, I want to follow in my father’s footsteps and drive a truck. The Transition Year Work Experience programme in Collinstown Park has given me the opportunity to sample what life would be like in the career I, at this moment, have chosen.
My older brother is already working as a truck driver, he started driving four years ago. My dad is in this career much longer, he followed in his father’s footsteps by driving trucks. It is a career that has been going through the family for about four generations now so I wouldn’t want to be the only one who doesn’t drive trucks.
The other reason I want to follow this tradition is because I want to have a stable income and to have a good life when I’m older. With the stable income I want to have a nice house and a nice car as well. With this type of job you have the option to go abroad and get paid for doing it. When he is doing a foreign job my father collects the truck in Swords and drives to Dublin Port. From there he goes to Calais and then south west if heading for Spain and Portugal. He takes the road for Amsterdam and Holland if heading for northern Europe, by taking those roads you can drive up to Sweden and Norway too. If he is delivering in Norway he will more than likely be out for more than two weeks and if he’s going to Spain he will be gone for about a week.
All of this appeals to me, I like going on journeys. I like visiting new places, eating new foods and tasting new cultures. In 2013, when I was eleven, my father took me on a trip with him to southern Spain. This journey made me want to follow in his footsteps.
This is why I chose truck deliveries for my Work Experience. I do work experience once a week for about nine hours every Wednesday. I work with my brother, this usually involves collecting a truck and delivery from Grange Castle at four o’clock in the morning. We then head in the direction of Galway and deliver goods such as fridge foods to Spar, Mace and Value Centre. It takes us about an hour and a half to two hours to get there, then it takes us about three hours to drive around Galway and deliver all the goods. The place we deliver most to is around Ballinasloe which is a big town on the eastern side of Galway.
I would recommend people choosing a Work Experience that excites them and they are interested in doing in the future. This Transition Year option has really cemented the fact that this is a career that excites me and I will pursue when I finish school.
Carl Kane – TY Press