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Donna - from Hairdresser to Bus Driver - and still checking her mirrors!
Donna Scullion is shaping a new career for herself as a bus driver after 20 years working as a hairdresser.
Donna, 48, from Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, has just qualified with First Glasgow and is loving her career driving for Glasgow’s biggest bus operator.
Asked about her career change, Donna said: “People do find it a bit unusual but there’s one thing both jobs have in common – you need to check your mirrors all the time!”
“After 20 years in hairdressing I wanted to do something different. I enjoy driving and I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone and learn something new.
“My friends were a bit shocked when I told them what I was doing as they said I didn’t look like their idea of a ‘typical’ bus driver, with my hair and my nails done, but there is a real mix of people in this job and it’s not the stereotypical image.”
Donna said the training has been a challenge but worthwhile. She commented: “You have to go through a number of stages but the training is brilliant. It fills you full of confidence and I’m really looking forward to being out on the road.
“My experience working with the public is one of the things that I believe will work in my favour doing this job.”
Darius fullfils his driving ambition
A love of driving has seen Darius Smulkstys achieve his ambition as he prepares to take to the wheel of First Glasgow buses.
Darius, 36, from the Gorbals, in Glasgow, has just qualified as a driver with the city’s biggest bus operator and said he can’t wait to get started.
He said: “I just love driving. When I go to visit family in Lithuania, and on other holidays I prefer to drive because I just love the experience and you get to see so much of the world.
“Before this job I was a forklift truck driver and this is a step up from that. I had been a forklift driver for 10 years and I wanted to drive something bigger – and you can’t get much bigger than a bus!”
Darius was speaking as First Glasgow announced plans for a Recruitment Open Day at its Caledonia and Blantyre depots on Saturday, 29 October. The company has a range of vacancies for trainee and qualified drivers, with an enhanced pay and conditions package, including paid training on entry and a new starter rate.
The newly qualified driver said his family are also thrilled with his new career.
He said: “My daughter is very proud of her dad and is always asking me how I am getting on. I’ve learned so much already and the training here is excellent, it really prepares you for the job.”
World travel inspires Marie to make bus driving her new career destination
Marie Robertson has decided to take her career to a new destination and learn new skills after a year travelling the world. The former information assistant saw driving for First Glasgow as the ideal occupation for her on her return to Scotland Now she’s on the verge of a new career working for Glasgow’s largest bus operator and hasn’t looked back.
Marie, 34, from Dennistoun in Glasgow, said: “Prior to this I was travelling the world for a year and decided on a change of direction in what I wanted to do.
“Travelling changed my opinion of what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to have a skill and do something different.
“I had worked for nine years as an information assistant and this is a complete change. I love to drive, I won’t be based in an office and I’ll have an opportunity to meet the public.”
Marie had high praise for her instructors. She said: “The training has been really enjoyable. The instructors make you feel at ease and that you can do it. The training makes you feel confident and comfortable.”
Adam booked a return journey to driving at First Glasgow
Adam Bulloch booked himself a ‘return ticket’ to driving with First Glasgow after a short spell away from the company.
The 25-year-old, who originally trained with First Glasgow, left for another transport job four months ago but missed working with the public and has just been welcomed back!
As a driver with an existing Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV), Adam has been fast-tracked into a job with First Glasgow and is due to go back on the road after a short induction period.
He said: “I thought that previous job would be for me and thought it would be a good idea but it wasn’t. I missed driving buses and interacting with the customers.
“Speaking to the passengers and getting on with them is what the job is all about.
“I got in touch with the managers to say I was interested in coming back and I was fast-tracked for a week. It’s been good to see old faces again and the training here really is excellent. I’m looking forward to getting started!”