Keven Vaillancourt
Driver, TYT Group
Photo Keven

Was getting into the industry your first career choice? If so, how did you get interested in transportation? If not, what attracted you to this sector?

No, I did a Secondary School Vocational Diploma in carpentry and worked in that field for four years. However, I’ve always wanted to drive a truck, to work at my own pace without having someone behind me all the time. I also wanted to be outside as much as possible.

What or who surprises you in your occupation, in the sense that you didn’t expect to see these aspects (technology, culture, atmosphere, challenges, etc.) in the industry?

Since my father was a truck driver, I knew quite a bit about the business. I knew what to expect. My SSVD also prepared me, so I didn’t have any unpleasant surprises. I’d have to say it’s the freedom associated with being a truck driver that surprises me every day.

If you had to give advice to the next generation, what would you tell them to encourage them to choose the logistics and freight transport sector?

It’s a great job, but I think it is better to get a Diploma of College Studies (DCS). It prepares us and avoids a lot of inconvenience. This is not a routine job, the hours vary, we do not do 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Also, it’s very cool to drive this big vehicle.

How do you see the future of your profession and the sector?

I would like to drive long distance. I would also like to reduce my working days and eventually own my own truck.

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