Happy January! As the New Year rolls around, it can be extremely tempting to make a resolution of sorts. We’re all guilty of it. What do you see for yourself in the upcoming year? Do you want to lose weight? Find happiness in a new romantic relationship? What about seeking fulfillment through your career?


While our team at American Student Transportation Services can’t help you with those first two goals, we can certainly lend a hand with the third. Our drivers are content and fulfilled in their work, and our company offers great benefits, a wonderfully supportive workplace culture, and the chance to perform an invaluable service to the community and make a difference in the lives of children everywhere. We can almost guarantee you’ll find fulfillment working with us.


That being said, we can talk all about what our company offers and still not sway you if you’re not sure it’s time to leave your current company. How do you know if your current job just isn’t cutting it for you anymore? While that’s a huge, complicated, and nuanced question, we take a stab at answering it below.

A Job Should Never Be Just a Job

Anyone who works in school bus services or group transportation services will tell you what, deep down, each and every one of us knows: a job should be more than just a way to pay the bills. After all, if you work full-time, you spend forty hours a week or more on the clock. If your job doesn’t bring you some degree of fulfillment, or if doing what you do leaves you exhausted and depressed by the end of the day, that certainly is no route to happiness. Think of all the time you’re spending on something that doesn’t bring you joy. While there is something to be said for financial stability, when push comes to shove, there’s also something to be said for life satisfaction.


That being said, even if we know it makes us unhappy, it’s sometimes hard to know if it’s time to leave a job. While only you can speak for your individual situation, we, as a great place to work, can speak for what a job should ideally bring you, and for what we strive to bring our workers.


How can you tell if it’s time for a career or job change?


●        You can’t remember the last time you felt relaxed on the job | All jobs inherently carry with them some stress. After all, how else would you grow as a person and feel challenged on the job each day? However, there comes the point where stress crosses the line from a good thing to a bad thing. If you constantly feel as though you’re out of your comfort zone, and there is nobody around to help you through these moments, that’s a sign of an unhealthy workplace culture and a good indication that it’s time for you to move on. Seek out a company that supports its workers and trains them well enough to handle anything the job can throw at them.

●        You feel the need to put on a “mask” when you arrive at work each day | Is the working you the real you? It should be. Nobody should have to hide who they are in their place of work. Doing that for forty-plus hours a week is exhausting and emotionally draining. Of course, while professionalism is paramount in almost every industry, we here at American Student Transportation Services believe in a workplace culture of warmth, acceptance, and connection. We hold our workers to a high standard of professional conduct, but we also believe in a tight-knit, friendly community of class B CDL holders and a responsive dispatch team. Come work for a company like us that supports community and bonding.

●        Your job isn’t challenging you | Do you feel as though you’re doing the same task, day in and day out? Do you dread coming to work each day because you’re simply bored with it all? These are both signs that it could be time to shake things up with a job or career change. Consider entering the challenging world of student transportation services today, where no day is the same, and every route brings something new. Just make sure you join a company that is willing to support you through your career change.

●        You feel replaceable | Do you feel like you’re making an impact with your work, or do you feel that your job could be done by just anyone? Your career field should allow you to make a difference to someone somewhere, and that it should utilize your unique skill set to do that. Work with a company that invests so much in your skills that it becomes difficult to replace you. This is the type of company that will truly value you as an employee.


Ready for a Career Change? Contact American Student Transportation Services Today

Our Blaine location will train almost anyone to be a class B CDL holder. What’s more, we’ll even pay for it! Give us a call today at 651-621-8900.