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#OurYYC Apprentice: Jordan Witzel as a taxi driver

WATCH: Jordan Witzel meets some Calgary taxi drivers and learns just how challenging the job can be.

Global Calgary Meteorologist Jordan Witzel is heading out in the community to experience some of the many careers that make up our dynamic city.

Through the #OurYYC Apprentice series, Witzel will try his hand at different jobs for one day – to see just how challenging they can be.

Starting a new job is tough, but becoming a taxi driver brought about a whole new level of stress and frustration for me. The job tested my ability to handle small-chat with customers while remaining focused on the planned route. I faced extra demands of side stops for coffee – something I’m told most professional drivers prefer not to do because it costs them money and creates a possible mess in their cars. Advised by the pros to depend on my knowledge of Calgary streets rather than GPS, I faced the realization that it’s very tough to know every little part of the city. And while I didn’t get lost, I did take a few wrong turns and ventured down two one-way streets in the wrong direction. Solid start to a new job!

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I had the pleasure of meeting a handful of taxi drivers who work in Calgary – some veterans and some relatively new to the job. They all have something in common; they love meeting new people and are focused first on customer service. I’m told that it takes time to learn every quirk of the roads in Calgary. Driving a taxi is a whole lot different than your usual day behind the wheel. On your personal time, you have the opportunity to stop and check your route without offending a customer. As a professional driver, you’re expected to know every location. You may even face questions about any number of events happening in town. I quickly found that I didn’t know as much about Calgary as I thought I did!

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