disadvantages to having a driving instructor career
There are numerous
advantages and disadvantages to having a driving instructor career.
Anyone who is considering becoming an ADI (Approved Driving
Instructor) or PDI (Potential Driving Instructor) should think about
these pros and cons beforehand. Knowing what some of the advantages
and disadvantages are can save you lots of money, time, frustration,
Most people think the flexibility of the
work hours is a great advantage. For those who do not like working
in dead-end 9-5 type jobs, this can be very appealing. It can also
be very attractive to those who do not want to work full-time due to
having other obligations or being retired, or semi-retired.
Other people are attracted to driving instructor careers due to the
high earnings that ADIs/PDIs are reputed to earn. These people may
be tired of their low-paying jobs, or be disillusioned with their
current job prospects. The possible high earnings are also very
appealing to those who find themselves suddenly unemployed, with
restless redundancy cheques.
Some people may be attracted to being a driving instructor because
it permits them to combine their love of driving with their love of
teaching. They find it very rewarding to help others to develop good
driving skills. Retired people may enjoy this career because it
allows them to pass down valuable knowledge to a younger generation
while earning a little extra income to supplement their retirement
Numerous people choose to become driving instructors because they
like to be self-employed. They enjoy having more control over their
livelihood and setting up their own methods of conducting business.
Others are attracted to this career because they enjoy constantly
meeting and helping new people. Some are simply attracted by the
new, fully maintained car that most driving schools offer to let
their students use.
One disadvantage to a driving instructor
career is that you have very little advancement opportunities.
Whether you are a PDI or an ADI, the most advancement you can hope
to attain is to own your own driving school, with the possibilities
of offering your own franchises opportunities to other driving
instructors. The only other employment opportunities for an ADI are
to work with the police force or as a fleet instructor.
Another disadvantage is that there are no set salaries or benefits
due to the self-employment status of the majority of driving
instructors. This means there is no steady income that can be wisely
budgeted for business or daily living purposes. It takes several
years to earn a good reputation as an independent business, which
means it takes several years to make a high level of income from
giving driving lessons to learners. Actually, most driving
instructors make a higher income by opening their own driving
schools, and training new driving instructors than by teaching
Due to the lack of sick benefits, you cannot just take off work
whenever you’re sick. If you’re accidentally injured during a
lesson, or hospitalised for some reason, you will not be bringing in
an income. Also due to the high cost of training, petrol, and other
business expenses, you have to work many long hours when first
starting out. Additionally, the work schedule has to be planned
around the students’ scheduled appointments and preferences rather
than your own preferred schedule.
Thus, it takes many years of hard work to turn being a U.K. driving
instructor into a profitable self-employment business with good
benefits. Due to all the things that could go wrong during that time
period, it’s best to be well-insured. You should have extra covers
for loss of business income, and accidental injuries or sickness.
You will need many other types of insurance as well, to protect
yourself and your business. There are numerous disadvantages to
having a driving instructor career. However, with the proper
insurance covers, determination, and hard work, the disadvantages
may be turned into advantages.
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