A 24-year-old bus driver has said what it feels like working in a male-dominated field, saying she desires to fight stereotypes as she’s consistently told she’s ‘too pretty’ for her work.
Jodie Leigh Fox, from Brentwood in Essex, was doing a job as a carer before she embarked on her new career at 21 years old, having consistently had an interest in driving big vehicles.
She chose to apply after seeing a commercial on the back of one of the buses and after that became a full-time transport driver which includes buses, coaches even limousines.
Even though she was doing her dream job, she’s frequently thought that it was difficult to make friends, as nobody is of a similar age.
She additionally consistently gets remarks from individuals while she is working, with many stunned by her appearance and age. However, Jodie is trying to fight stereotypes and desires to keep being a transport driver for the rest of her life.
Jodie said: “When I left my job as a carer, I realised that I had always been intrigued about driving buses. I would always sit near the front near the driver and I loved driving so I made the dream come to life.
She further added: “I’ve had so many comments from passengers – mainly men. When men get on the bus, I always get the same reaction which tends to be ‘you’re so pretty’ or ‘I’ve never seen such a beautiful bus driver in my life’. People have said that I’m too pretty to be a bus driver but I get some nice comments from other females complimenting me and my nails or my hair and make-up.
She continued: “I had to do a lot of tests to become a bus driver; it’s not easy like people might think. You have to do an English and maths test and about five different modules before eventually doing your theory. There’s no females around a similar age of mine; I have made friends with a few people in the garage but I normally just get my duty card and then leave for my shift.”
Jodie is also having a TikTok account where she shares her experiences how it feels like to be a bus driver