Thanks for the comments. The ex-LC's were a mix of full-time and part-time that have moved to Full-time P04 - From 7-15 years experience. There are many transferring in and taking the P04 full-time positions when they open up in my city so that's why I'm trying to figure out the best way for me to move forward.mikebc wrote: ↑Jan 11th, 2019 9:23 amPT makes footwalks better for you as you can shorten your loops if needed. Old system footwalks were much worse IMO. Also, routes are now more mixed and the trend is moving towards more boxes anyway.
People get knee and back issues after 30 years, not 3. I would ignore what most of the old guard tells you because yes, it did use to be much better, but hanging onto those memories isn't doing anyone favours. We're not going back, this is the job now. Most of the senior LCA's who moved inside have never done PT or tried it and didn't stick with it long enpugh to learn it. They're not the best test for what's good - you need hours and seniority, you need to do what's best for you.
Good idea about the satchel. I thought it was mainly supported by your shoulders but I guess your whole core will carry the load. Going to go on some epic walks in preparation. I know I probably sound like a wimp but it's a risk moving to LC from P04 because I probably won't be able to transfer back to P04 anytime soon as I will be behind all of the other LC's in the transfer list - so I need to put myself in the best position to succeed.mikebc wrote: ↑Jan 11th, 2019 10:22 amI would just wear your uniform (if you have one) and go into a local depot (if you're not in one already) and ask if they have a spare satchel in their clothes pile. Fill up 4 2L pop bottles with water and you're at 25 lbs which is honestly more than you'll carry for 99% of your loops.
Most of your time as a term will not be spent doing footwalks. Just going for a 15 km walk (with no weight, at a brisk pace) is more important than struggling along with weight. As Hugh said, your legs will be sore from the distance not the weight.
Once you hit permanent Part-time/Full-time, does your seniority change to when you got Part-time/Full-time or does it stay with the date you were first hired as a casual?
edit: just realized PT stands for Postal Transformation lol