Truck Driving As Second Career Pays Off for Former IT Analyst
In 2009, Edwin Peig found himself facing a situation that’s become fairly common in recent years; he lost his job as an IT analyst for JPMorgan Chase Bank because of downsizing. The U.S. economy experienced a rollercoaster economy in 2011 with a wild ride on Wall Street according to ABC News. In 2011, 104 trading days saw the Dow rise or fall by triple digits. That type of volatility has not been seen since 2008. Although the economy is slowly recovering and the national unemployment rate is at a 3-year low, many people have begun to question what the future looks like for their careers.
Making a decision about what his next step would be was a struggle for Peig. It wasn’t until his son asked him to consider what might make him truly happy, that Peig felt a pull to completely change careers and try something new – this time as a professional driver for transportation leader Prime inc. A simple web site visit to www.primeinc.com began Peig’s journey into his second career, and he couldn’t be happier.
“I was mid-life, making a drastic career change and I was terrified, but determined,” says Peig. “Looking back, getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was forced to evaluate my life and it brought me to Prime.”
Peig’s decision to begin a second career is not uncommon in today’s market. While some businesses are still cutting down their workforce, jobs in the service industries have increased significantly over the last year according to Bloomberg News. In January, over 162,000 jobs at various service-providers were added to the market, primarily in retail, transportation and leisure and hospitality. The US Department of Labor lists truck drivers as one of the occupations with the most growth potential between 2010 and 2020, predicting a 20.6 percent demand for truck drivers over the 10 year period with projections of almost 2 million drivers total needed in 2020.
Since Peig joined the team at Prime in 2009, he’s never looked back. The job allows him to maintain a steady income of near $60,000 annually, but still enjoy spending time with his family. He has also experienced traveling the country and witnessing breathtaking landmarks first-hand. Working for Prime has also allowed Peig to pursue several opportunities for growth, including utilizing his passion for teaching and natural leadership skills as a driver instructor and trainer for the company.
“I see the same fear in the students I train that I had when I first came here,” explains Peig. “This is an amazing opportunity with Prime – to be entrusted with their students, trusting that I will uphold their company standards and good name.”
Being a trainer allows Peig to teach students about being safe and professional drivers while giving them the confidence they need to succeed. For Peig, it is not only the opportunity to enrich others’ lives that makes his job so fulfilling. It is also Prime’s strong reputation in the industry for valuing its drivers and associates and it’s long history of job stability.
“Prime has the best staff, technology, facilities and equipment. They do everything they can to keep me rolling and make sure my time is valued,” says Peig. “One of the biggest things I try to tell students is that Prime is much more than just a career. It’s a lifestyle. Because of Prime, I am loving my lifestyle and the decision I made to start again in a career I’m passionate about.”
Those interested in starting a driving career with Prime, inc. can visit www.primeinc.com, or call 800-511-5663.