It has been a while since we brought you a careers piece here at Young Academic with all the education and student news pieces coming through thick and fast. With this in mind, we have teamed up with our buddies at Stagecoach to bring you some exciting news. Although a job in transport may not be what you had in mind following your studies, the following feature may just spur you to have a rethink….
Flexible hours, opportunities for progression and an office with a view make this career one that has had someone of a resurgence in recent years. Why not take your career in a new direction and become a bus driver? It’s the perfect role for anyone who loves the open road and meeting new people, plus no two days are the same! The Stagecoach guys have answered some of the more popular questions for you below:
If you don’t have any experience, or if you’ve never driven anything bigger than a Mini; this may not necessarily be a problem. Let Stagecoach themselves put your mind at ease…
Lack of Experience
The good news is you don’t need decades of driving experience to be a bus driver –if you can drive a car, you can drive a bus! All of Stagecoach’s bus driver roles include full training, so as long as you’ve had a driving licence for two years (with no bans in the last 5 years and no more than 3 points on your licence) you’ll soon be an expert at driving large vehicles.
Of course they can! Their drivers come from a huge variety of backgrounds, from wedding planning to childcare, to floristry and woodworking. There are transferrable skills from almost every industry, especially retail, customer service and social care.
Great! Having excellent people skills is absolutely vital to being a bus driver for Stagecoach, as people are the most important part of the job. You have to be able to give service with a smile, be helpful, considerate and reliable.
Being a bus driver isn’t always easy, but it’s important that you’re calm under pressure. You need to be reliable and responsible, and ensure you put safety first at all times.
Absolutely! Many roles have the option of flexible or part-time working hours, depending on the position, and, if you’ve got the drive to succeed, there are plenty of opportunities to progress, from training and mentoring roles to operations.
You can read the original article right here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/news/national/2017/january/become-a-bus-driver.