I mentioned a week or so ago, that I was studying. Yesterday, I passed! I am now licensed to drive a bus.
It took two weeks of training, a medical, a written test, and a road test. I Also spent three days learning about air brakes and passing that too. There were times my head was so full of information, I just couldn’t take anything else in.
I trained with two other women from Mississauga. We studied together and worried together. We all passed the same day and have become friends.
Why did I do this? My main goal for the year was to get a part-time job. After having my resume ignored by several retail and food outlets, I decided I had nothing to lose. I knew it was going to be hard to re-enter the work force at my age, but was expecting to get an interview at least! It was a hard knock to the self-esteem, I must say.
I had been thinking about driving a school bus as the hours are great. Two hour shifts are perfect for when I leave Becky alone. Four hours is a stretch and eight is not possible at this time. We lost the individualized funding in March, so wages for support staff are coming out of our pockets. I want Becky to continue cooking with Jen, so I decided to go back to work. That’s how I ended up upgrading my drivers license, meeting some wonderful people, and having a great time.
I passed my road test yesterday so my name will be put forward for available work. I’ll let you know once I get my first route, but for now, I’m enjoying the feeling of success.