The prospect of becoming a driving instructor is an exciting new adventure, as you gain a rewarding skill and career for life. For me as a young 21 year old female the prospect was a whole basket of mixed emotions.

One of them being uncertainty about my ability to be an instructor. When driving around you always see other instructors of a mature age, it never crossed my mind as a career prospect as I thought I was too young.

Through my school, college and university days I studied sports development and coaching, having graduated at the age of 21 with a BA Hons in sports development and coaching. During my time at university I had a nasty knee injury resulting in surgery and hindering my career in sport. After my injury I decided that sport was no longer an option for me, as my injury would always hinder me.

During university I was working in a dead end job, where nothing was ever good enough, with unstable hours and fed up of working for other people.

So I was looking for a new career, during my last few months of university I was starting to think what I could do after I graduated.

This is when becoming an ADI was a prospect. I did a bit of research into the industry and sought advice from my mother who is also an ADI about whether I would be suitable for the industry.

Once I graduated in June 2013, I started studying for the ADI part 1 test having passed this in September 2013. In January 2014 I approached Lynne Barrie to help me become a driving instructor. I had a number of worries when I started training with Lynne; I lacked confidence and knowledge with being so young and little life experience.

Lynne reassured me I could complete part 3 and gave me the confidence I needed. Her expert knowledge in the industry was second to none and I could not have achieved what I have done without her. I feel a massive part in helping me to become an ADI was down to my degree in sports coaching and development.

My degree and my career choice as an ADI may seem unmatched to some but studying coaching and development for 4 years helped me to understand different coaching styles and how to adapt my skills to each pupil as everybody learns new skills in different ways.

I passed my part 3 ADI test in January 2015 at the age of 22, so the whole process took me 16 months.

Having worked just 3 weeks as an approved driving instructor I absolutely love my new career. The job is so rewarding, seeing pupils progress week on week and to think that is down to your hard work in helping your pupils achieve their goals.

There are a number of reasons I chose to become an ADI; working for yourself, meaning you can pick your own working hours. The achievement of having setup my own successful business is very rewarding and I feel very proud of myself.

During training for my part 3 a number of worries were running through my mind; was I cut out to pass the last test? What were people’s perspectives of seeing someone so young as a driving instructor? What would my pupils think of my age?

Now having passed, set up my business; Succeed with Charlotte and completed 3 weeks of work, I will never look back. I feel my age is an advantage as I feel I can relate and empathize with my pupils more, understand how young people learn and how to make them understand subjects easier.

I would strongly encourage any young person who fits the requirements to become an ADI as you will have an exciting career for life where each day will be different and you will be constantly learning new things just as I have.

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  1. Following on from Charlotte and Kallum, I too would advise younger people to consider a career in driver training. I was 24 when I trained and 31 years later I am still as enthusiastic as I was when I first entered the profession.

    In my time I have worked with learner drivers, full licence holders, training people to become driving instructors, teaching people to drive buses and training people to drive 4×4 vehicles off road. My career has also taken me abroad for work as currently I am working in Iraq doing defensive driver training on an oil field and prior to that I have worked in the Kurdistan area of Iraq, Qatar, Oman and Guinea, West Africa. Over the years I have met some really interesting and on the rare occasion challenging people! The job is one that provides real job satisfaction as it’s always a pleasure to watch somebody succeed and know that you might have changed someone’s life in a positive way.

    If you are young don’t be put off by some people’s negative views regarding age or even perceived lack of experience as I certainly found that in my early years I was able to relate to my customers.
    The great thing about driver training is that you can take many different routes. You might wish to operate a franchise with a large national driving school or you might want to run your own driving school. Ultimately the choice is yours and you have to weigh up the pros and cons and do what suits you. If you join a franchise you might find that you can make a career path for yourself for instance in instructor training or management on the other hand you might decide to go on your own. Running your own driving school again will provide you with options and of course you can expand and put more cars on the road. Ultimately you might want to work in other aspects of driver training such as off road 4×4, ADI training, fleet training. The choices are endless so don’t hold back.

    One bit of advice is once you have qualified go on to get further qualifications such as RoSPA advanced driving test, RoSPA diploma in advanced driving instruction, BTEC in coaching, PTLLS. The list is endless but do CPD and think about where you want your career to take you and choose the courses that will help you to achieve your goals.

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