Working at Ram VanA Senior Ram Van Driver's Reflection
About Ram Van
About Ram Van
- Fordham's safest and most convenient way to get to and from Manhattan, transporting nearly 250,000 people annually.
- Ram Van shuttles are driven, dispatched and maintained primarily by student-workers, making us the largest and most extensive student-run transportation operation in the country!
- Ram Van student workers are scheduled to work 12 hours per week and are well compensated.
- Student-workers at Ram Van develop valuable professional skills including time management, communication, multi-tasking, conflict resolution and teamwork.
- All student-workers begin as drivers, and have the opportunity to rise through our ranks, becoming dispatchers or student-leaders.
- Ram Van also provides chartered trips to Fordham University groups, as well as airport service before Fordham University holidays. Drivers with good records have the opportunity for additional work experience and compensation by operating some of the 2500 special trips we make per year.
- The obvious: Working at Ram Van is a great way to get involved at Fordham while making a little (or more than a little) extra spending money.
- The practical: Working at Ram Van is a real job. Our student-workers hone numerous professional skills that they later find valuable in other work settings. There are also many opportunities for rising to leadership positions within our organization. A successful career at Ram Van builds your resume and helps you accumulate invaluable future recommendations for jobs, scholarships or internships.
- The enjoyable: Ram Van attracts student-workers from all walks of life, and is a powerfully connecting experience. Don't miss the opportunity to meet and get to know all kinds of great people you may not have otherwise interacted with, as well as gain a valuable network of friends and connections for life.
The experience of being a Ram Van driver starts before the job itself does. It starts before the training session, before the written test, before the paperwork, before you even see the road. It appears first in the reactions of the uninitiated when you announce that you’ll be pitting your wits against the mythical snarl of New York City traffic, and it is met among drivers, past and present, with a fraternal, affirming appraisal. It sets in when you doubt your ability to validate the trust being placed on your shoulders, and it cements when you resolve to meet the responsibility anyway.
The experience of being a Ram Van driver is to publicly possess and recognize in oneself a unique type of unflinching competence. It is an assuredness that feels at home on display in front of the hundreds of passengers each week whose safety depends on us, and it is a composure that accepts the burden humbly. It is the only common thread that links together an otherwise diverse group of students, and it is evident in the kinship that abounds between drivers. Some may perceive this bond as insular, but it is no coincidence that drivers often enjoy the esteem of friends from other circles of life equal to that which we feel for each other. The experience of being a Ram Van driver is to celebrate among co-workers the drive that brought us together, the fortitude that the office's culture fosters, and the shared experience that channels it all into a job that pays the bills. We are the lifeblood that connects the campuses of Fordham, and the vitality that this role has given me will no doubt frame the best memories I will take from college.
- Lenny DeFranco, CBA '10