So I got my forklift license today.

Canada
November 3, 2011 8:43pm CST
It was surprisingly easy to get too. The written test, I breezed through with only 2 answers wrong which is very good. When I got to learn on the forklift, it was hard at first, trying to remember to put the forks down before driving off. I made that mistake only once, and realized it before I got too far though. It's so completely different than driving a car, but I picked it up pretty quickly. Once you get the general idea, it's easy to do. It's not going to be easy to get a job as a forklift driver with no experience, and my training wasn't long enough to really feel confident for major jobs. You see, while I was the only student in the class today, when a couple of guys showed up for training in the afternoon, I decided that I was done. I didn't want to be watched going back and forth. I guess I was being self conscious about it. I know if they weren't there, I would have gone on until the forklift battery died, or until I could load and unload quickly and without hesitation. In the near future, I will be going for the Reach license so I have that with my counterbalance license. It will be expensive, but worth it, since I'll get a discount because I just took this course. For now, I'll keep trying the one agency that hires on new drivers, as there are a few clients willing to work with new drivers to give them experience. Pretty soon I'll be an old pro at this.
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
4 Nov 11
So, you will be working at a warehouse or somewhere similar setting? I knew some people at warehouse they require a license to operate a forklift. I don't have experience with it, and I never drive forklift before. But from time to time, I work at the warehouse to help out. I just curious about it. Would it be easy to operate a forklift?
• Canada
4 Nov 11
It will be hard at first, I feel that I didn't have enough training and it wasn't challenging enough. All the skids I moved were pretty much the same weight, so I couldn't judge different load weights. I really could have used that training.
@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Nov 11
wow sounds really good Kris and with practice you will be an old hand and make really good money. I have watcher fork lift operators and have seen some women too so its a well paying job for those who like it.but you will soon get experience and then it will be much easier. good luck and God bless
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
25 Nov 11
You do so many things!!! I can't imagine working a forklift or any of the jobs that you do. I hope you are able to find a job using that skill. The more things you are able to show an employer you are able to do the more likely you are to get a job. I just hope that works for you. Have a great weekend!!!
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
5 Nov 11
see hon I told you that you could do it. Have confidence and realize that you are just as good as anybody else and you will do well
@samafayla33 (1857)
• United States
4 Nov 11
My dad had a license for about everything, hazmat and lol anything. I wish you the best luck because the pay is good for jobs like that and it'll help you out greatly along the way.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
4 Nov 11
That didn't take very long. Good for you. As a new driver, you'll probably under the supervision of a pro surely. I commend you for going through with these aspirations. In today's job market, I think it will all be worthwhile for you.
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Nov 11
That is great!! Everyone has to be a beginner sometime. I hope that agency finds you some work to help build your confidence on the forklift.