A week from tomorrow, I will begin a new path in my career with my current company. I will still be in management, but I will be going through an 18 month program, which will give me all of the tools I need to be a shop supervisor for the truck leasing company that I work for. I am currently managing a rental department for the same company. My wife and I talked about this new position, and I thought about it long and hard before I decided to apply. It has it’s benefits, but also has some downfalls. For me, the benefits outweigh the downfalls enough to make it worth it. There will be some sacrifices, and I may have a longer commute once I get placed as a shop supervisor after the program is over. I am also losing a company car (not a big deal, as the fuel mileage in that car was ridiculously horrible, and I had to pay for gas). Along with that, during the training program, I have to go where ever they decide to place me within the area. This means I could be commuting as far as 85 miles each way, but again, the positives outweigh the negatives here. The pay for the duration of the training program is around 28% more than I am currently making. On top of that, one of my biggest hurdles at my current job is our requirement to do cold calls and sales calls. I’m not a salesman. Never have been, never will be. I can do all the operational aspects of my job pretty easily, but sales have never come easy to me. With this new job, sales is out of the question. Once the training program is over, my salary bumps up to roughly 65% more than I am currently making in my job. For those of you doing any kind of math, you realize that a 65% increase in pay is a significant jump.
As I sit and reflect on the move that I am about to make, I realize a couple of things. Firstly, I am blessed to work for a great company who does things right, and promotes from within the organization. Secondly, this new job is going to be a struggle as it might mean working graveyard shifts and weekends, but the increase in pay should make it worth it for the most part. I am excited for this new venture to begin, and can’t wait to see what new things I learn, and what new challenges this position will offer!
Until Next Time,