Having a leg up on the competition are companies already known for good pay, flexible schedules and strong benefits—like First Student, widely known as one of North America’s leading school transportation providers in North America. Its yellow school buses are a fixture across the Chicago area.
Zanoni himself is an example. He started with the company in 2017 as a college student (majoring in industrial design) seeking a part-time gig while he was away from school.
According to a company statement, "First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services, including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization, and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services with a fleet of about 40,000 buses. For more information, please visit firststudentinc.com."
En route to my debut driving a school bus, I got psyched up listening to “Magic Bus” by The Who.
“I don’t want to cause no fuss,” Roger Daltrey sang, “but can I buy your magic bus?”
I didn’t have $100,000 to buy a new yellow school bus.
But it does feel magical driving a 38-foot, 18,400-pound rig.
Alas, I was not allowed to drive the bus on local streets. Something about needing a permit.
But I did drive around the bus lot at First Student, 8600 W. 67th St. Hodgkins.