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Stagecoach

Meet the driver - Jodie Smedley

21 Mar 2017

Here at Stagecoach, our people are the foundations of our success. We have some truly amazing staff who are always going the extra mile to get you to where you want to be, every day.

We asked one of our drivers, Jodie Smedley, what she loves about working for Stagecoach...

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At just 23, Jodie Smedley is one of the youngest bus drivers in the Holbrook depot. 

“People are often surprised to see me behind the wheel when they get on the board!”

After completing her AS levels, Jodie completed an apprenticeship in childcare, and spent four years working in different nurseries. But in 2015, Jodie was ready for a new challenge. She wanted to try something completely out of her comfort zone and learn some new skills.

“I’ve always loved driving, and a few people I knew had gone into bus driving, and they’d told me I’d really enjoy it. So I thought, why not give it a go?”

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So when she saw a vacancy at Stagecoach she applied, and after a successful application she joined the team in Stagecoach Yorkshire’s Ecclesfield depot, and then moved to the Holbrook depot.

“I was pretty nervous when I first started. I’d never driven anything bigger than a car before! But I loved it right away – it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be!”

“The other drivers are really kind and supportive too, and I work with a great team looking after operations and the vehicles. I love working with the other drivers and the staff at the depot are like a big family. I love the routes I work on and meeting new people. I always try to be cheerful and I really enjoy what I’m doing.”

Jodie also loves working shifts as it gives her time that she wouldn’t have had in a typical 9 to 5 role.

“I love getting a chance to go to gym classes or go shopping during the day. Plus I have a few friends who work in hospitals so it’s much easier to find time to socialise with them with us all working shifts.”

Jodie cites traffic jams and problems on the roads as the biggest challenge, but she finds being calm and friendly really helps her passengers.

“But I find if I explain the issue to passengers in a calm and friendly way most people are nice back. People appreciate that I’m doing my best for them!”

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