Career Story: School Bus Driver

School Bus Driver

Job Title: Busdriver

Education: American Truck Training School

Previous Experience: I worked as a special ed driver.

Job Tasks: We transport students to and from school and try to do it safely all day. In the driver's seat, it can get very loud and can be a mentally demanding job. I deal with many personalities and not all of them are friendly. I need to be aware of what is going on inside as well as outside at all times.

Some parents will verbally attack you on a pretty regular basis. Guilty or not you smile and agree and promise to do a better job. Some children like to cause me problems for attention's sake. I get alot of road ragers becasue you can't speed like they can so your typically in the way all the time. At the end of the day you just want to go home and not talk for about an hour!

This job is pretty rewarding sometimes and you get attached to the kids whether you want to or not. I started my last job thinking that I would just ignore the kids as much as possible and hope for the best - but children are children and teens are worse. I didn't have the opportunity to work with special ed students last year, they are a lot easier to deal with and the route is more diversified. They don't give you the trouble regular ed. children do. It was hard to deal with some days I thought I'd just quit and never come back - but I always gave it another try, just one more day.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part is the little kids they get really attached and there so funny. The worst part is if you have an emergency like a choking victim or a fight on the bus.

Job Tips:
1. Take CPR - it may come in handy

2. Learn how to take a deep breath. Remember you are setting an example for the students

3. You need to have eyes in the back of your head at all times. If you are driving older students this is especially important, never be afraid to take control of the bus, any sign of weakness will be pounced upon very quickly. Don't be a hard head - be fair, explain your actions, and never touch the children not even hugs. They can give you one but don't hug back - say thank you but I'm not allowed.

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