We are six months into 2018 already – where did the time go? For many people, the June mark on a calendar can be a wakeup call reminding them of their New Year’s resolutions and what they have done to achieve them. This is what we are asking you today. What was your New Year’s resolution? Was it to get a new job, or to upgrade your career with a new license? If it was, then we have some good news for you – it’s not too late! You can still take the plunge and begin a new career path upgrading your license without too much hassle. To show you what you can do, we will discuss four careers that you could enter with a simple license upgrade.
1. The HGV Driver
If being an HGV driver is your bread and butter, this means that you are able to drive any heavy goods vehicle across the country or internationally. The majority of HGV drivers are able to drive long distances and can travel overseas as part of their job. It is not a glamorous position, but there are several benefits including international travel. If you are an anti-social person or feel uncomfortable in social situations, then this is the ideal option as you do not need to transport passengers or speak to others during your daily operations.
Currently, there are numerous job openings for qualified HGV drivers – 10,000 in the United Kingdom at our last count, and not enough drivers available to fill the positions. To become an HGV driver, all you require is a Category C license, and you will have access to all of these positions wherever you go. Sites such as The LGV Training Company is a good place to go to to find HGV and LGV vacancies to suit your needs.
2. The Delivery Driver
Of course, it is not all about leaving home. In some cases, you merely need employment that will get you ‘out and about’, delivering things from one place to another while still sleeping in your own bed each night. Working as a delivery driver is ideal for a person with a family that they wish to spend time with. By upgrading to a Category C1 driver’s license, you will be able to opt for any of the various delivery driving positions in your region delivering goods to companies and private homes. A delivery driver will complete several tasks in a single day for many different companies in separate industries, so the work is always varied.
3. The Tour Guide Driver
If you reside in a tourist-heavy location and are not bothered by people, then you could make a living as a tour guide driver. By upgrading your driver’s license from a Category B to a Category D1 license, you will be permitted to drive a minibus. This will help you find jobs as a minibus driver in urban areas, such as driving accessibility vehicles for hospitals or schools. It is also possible to find more exciting positions in the UK and overseas if desired. From driving tourists in the Swiss Alps to touting around the Lake District; you could be the individual responsible for taking visitors around beautiful scenery each day. Plus, you will be paid to enjoy the scenery at the same time!
4. The Coach Driver
Although planes and trains are still fairly expensive travel methods, coaches have a large reach in terms of alternative transportation. Coach drivers who upgrade to a Cat D/PCV license from a Cat B license can work for companies that transport customers from the UK to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and other holiday areas. Coach drivers, unlike bus drivers, have a tendency to have long distance drivers to make in-between stopping points, with passengers booking in advance. So after everyone is on, you just drive and get paid for it.