Imagine getting paid to drive a number of the world's biggest vehicles — Mercedes, Corvette, Porsche, Viper, and others. Sounds nice? Now image doing that on luxurious all-expense-paid journeys to unique places, the place you hang around with a number of the greatest names within the auto trade.
That's on a regular basis life for car-magazine check drivers.
Hard to imagine? You're not the one one that thinks so. I've labored as a car-magazine check driver since 1999 and I nonetheless get seems of astonishment after I inform individuals what I do for a dwelling. Getting a job like this looks like it could be as exhausting as successful the lottery. But the reality is, you do not have to be working for huge, shiny sports-car magazines to get pleasure from a nice job as a check driver. There are numerous different publications that use check drivers. And you do not want extraordinary luck or uncommon expertise to get into this occupation.
Granted, it is not as straightforward as making use of to get a part-time job on the mall, and even like going after a typical workplace job. But it is also not a irritating, one-in-a-million probability like making an attempt to grow to be a rock star or a Hollywood actor both. Far from it.
There is not a pre-specified technique to grow to be a car-magazine check driver as there may be for, say, turning into a physician or lawyer. So it's a must to just about discover your individual path into the sector. That could sound intimidating, nevertheless it's really one other one of many occupation's upsides — individuals can work their means into test-driver jobs from extensively various expertise and schooling. For instance, one among my colleagues was working in a retail bookstore earlier than turning into a check driver. He obtained into an automotive publication by taking a comparatively straightforward job in a writer's picture library. The picture library labored with the corporate's automotive division a lot, so he was in a prime place when a job opened up there.
Now he hangs out at racetracks, drives Jaguars and Corvettes, and goes on press journeys to Hawaii and Palm Springs.
His story is pretty typical. Plenty of individuals — women and men alike — get into the occupation in comparable types of how. And you could be shocked at how rapidly issues can transfer alongside towards getting such a job should you put your thoughts to it. Although each particular person's profession progresses at a completely different tempo, three to 5 years is a fairly regular time for breaking into turning into a check driver. Not unhealthy for a job that routinely places you behind the wheel of $60,000 vehicles for a week at a time.
For anybody who loves vehicles, being a check driver is like a fairy story combined with a weekend in Vegas — you may't assist however be amazed by a number of the belongings you get to do. It takes extra effort to get these jobs than it does to interrupt into different, extra mundane fields. But it is properly price it.