Joined Stagecoach in: 1999
Role: Assistant Area Network Controller
Location: West Ham
What attracted you to a career as a bus driver?
I used to get on the route 5 bus on my way to and from work when I was a security guard at Barking Station. I was 18/19 at the time and would sit on the bus and think to myself, “I could drive one of these!” I saw the advert on the bus and applied.
Why did you choose Stagecoach London?
I remember seeing the red Stagecoach buses everywhere in the local area when I was younger and I always used them to get about, so it seemed only natural to apply for a job with them after seeing an advert.
What the best thing about your job?
The best thing about the job is the customer interaction. There are a large variety of routes at the garages, so you drive in different areas and meet different people every day. Whether they are in a good or bad mood, you have to be friendly and professional towards them all. I’m a firm believer that you only get out what you put in with this job.
What has surprised you most about working here for Stagecoach London?
I didn’t expect to have the opportunities that I’ve had since coming into the industry. I’ve always had a very positive mindset which has opened up opportunities for me, such as becoming a driver mentor, night bus driver, Acting Garage Supervisor, Bus Station Dispatcher and my current role as an Assistant Area Network Controller.
What are your top three tips that you’d give to anyone thinking of applying to be a bus driver at Stagecoach London?
Did you think of doing a different job before you joined us?
I was working in Barking Station as a security guard, doing 12 hour shifts. I wasn’t really looking for a new job but always thought about it whilst I was travelling on the bus.