Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Laid-off cubicle dwellers look to the open road

Schools start to see a new type of student: White collar and older

Just over a year ago, Patrick Greene was working for one of the nation's oldest investment banks. Now he's driving a truck.

Greene was a purchasing manager who arranged travel for Bear Stearns executives. He was laid off in July 2008, a few months after JPMorgan Chase & Co. took over. He tried to find work at similar companies, but with no luck. So, after about 40 resumes came to dead ends, Greene decided to learn to drive an 18-wheeler at Edison, N.J.-based Smith & Solomon trucking school.

"It's something I always thought I would like, and just never got to do," Greene said. Despite trucking's long hours and being on the road away from his wife and children for weeks at a time, Greene, 49, liked the idea of a career change after years behind a desk. Full Story........

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