Why Being a Driving Instructor is a Great Career Path to Choose
Lots of people love their job. There are many different reasons why, from money to self-worth, and it is the same for a driving instructor. I myself enjoy being a driving instructor most of the time because I love meeting new people, it can be a great laugh. I also know that I am teaching people a skill that they will use for the rest of their life, and that’s why we (driving instructors) are almost always remembered. I bet you could still name your driving instructor and recall some of the things that happened when you were learning!
The feeling you get when one of your pupils passes their driving test is indescribable. Not only have you spent a lot of time with that person to help get them to a point where they can drive safely and pass the test, you also get some self-satisfaction from knowing that your teaching skills helped that person to achieve their goal and get on the road. What an ego boost!
Is the money good? Most areas average £24-£25 per hour so it can be very good, if you’re willing to put in the hours of course, literally every hour you work puts more money in your pocket. So if you’ve got to pay off a holiday or want some rainy day money, you can work more hours. If you don’t need to, you can have an easy day. Most driving instructors normally work 6 to 7 hours per day. Whilst the choice is yours, be under no illusion that not only are you self employed, you are running a business and will need to be about when your customers need you. Many driving instructors are used to working at least 1 day on a weekend because of this. So, if someone tells you that you can work whenever you want as driving instructor, take that with a pinch of salt.
Going through the process of training to become a driving instructor can be stressful, but again it can also be rewarding. Most instructors heads swell slightly when they pass, and why not! If you’ve put a lot of time, effort and money into getting your qualifications you deserve a pat on the back! Taking things even further, your ultimate driving instructor goal could be to help people become driving instructors themselves! Just like a driving instructor helps pupils pass their driving test, there are instructor trainers who help potential driving instructors get through their tests.
I suppose for me the biggest draw to the role of being a driving instructor was the fact that I would be in control of my own destiny, financially, training/knowledge and time wise. What I do every day can influence all of these and I like being in control of my own destiny. No chance of being made redundant, no stress over “am I going to get a pay rise” or is my boss going to get the hump with me? I decide all of these.
good things about being a driving instructor
- Drive a new car
- Earn reasonable money
- In control of my own destiny
- Meet lots of new people
not so good things about being a driving instructor
- Spending time with people you don’t get on with
- Potential financial issues if you cannot work
- Unsocial working times (sometimes)
The career of a driving instructor is what you make it. You won’t be a millionaire but you can earn reasonable money. If you are a social person you’ll love this job, I do. I wouldn’t change it. My only regret is that I didn’t find teaching earlier.