Australian flight attendant now earning six figures as a trucker

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Bree went from the skies to the streets, taking up trucking. Photo credit: Supplied to 7News

An Australian mum-of-two served as a flight attendant for two years, but wanted more from her career.

So, Sydney-based single mother Bree swapped her love for travel from the skies to the streets by securing her truck licence.

However, the new industry was a whole different board game for Bree, who switched from a women-dominated industry to one with very few female workers.

This sexist behaviour revealed itself to Bree during the start of her career. She told 7News any mistakes she made early on were attributed to her being a woman, not because she was new to the job. 

"If a man runs a truck into a wall, it's 'The poor guy he was so fatigued'... when a girl does it, it's 'See, this is why girls shouldn't drive'," she told the outlet. 

Bree added that she was often working on building sites, where she faced sexism regularly. 

"The men would wolf-whistle and cat-call all the time," she told 7News.

Bree then decided to enter the waste industry, driving a semi-trailer around Sydney, but the sexist attitudes still continued. 

She said despite how much she loved the job, male colleagues constantly told her she wouldn't last in the industry and would often make comments about her being 'less capable'. 

"They would be on the radio carrying on - as soon as they hear a girl on the radio they're on saying the most horrible things," she said. 

After 12 months her truck license was upgraded, allowing Bree to drive larger double-trailer trucks. 

She now drives 26-metre B double trucks around Sydney moving freight and refrigerated food, and told 7News she is absolutely loving it. 

"I love the challenge of it. I love the fact that Sydney is such a challenging place to drive around, especially in such a big vehicle."

Since upgrading to a bigger truck she also feels more respected by her coworkers, saying she hasn't experienced sexism since.

Despite it still being a male-dominated career path, she said she now feels much more supported and hopes other women will push through the initial hardships in pursuit of a rewarding role. 

"I say to girls, if you can push through the early stages of your smaller license and get to the bigger ones, it does get better."

She has also created a TikTok account which has amassed over 26,000 followers, where she shares and documents her experiences as a female truck driver. 

She said the platform has helped connect her to other women in male-led industries, such as mining and concreting, and hopes her videos will continue to normalise women working in stereotypically male roles. 

"I use it to show that women are just as capable of doing anything a man can do and we can make it all the way to the top," she told 7News. 

Despite working 12-hour days, Bree is now earning a six-figure salary and is able to provide for her children. 

She wants her daughter to know she can do anything she sets her mind to: "There's nothing a man can do that I can't, absolutely nothing."