skills needed for success as a driving instructor
There are some
specific qualities and skills needed for success as a driving
instructor. If you don’t have these qualities then you most likely
will not do very well in this career. Numerous driving schools are
available to train you in the basic technical skills needed.
However, only you can provide the actual qualities and innate skills
needed for success.
One essential trait you must have is a high level of patience. If
you’re thinking just an average level of patience is enough, then
you had best reconsider. It requires extraordinary levels of
patience to effectively teach any subject. However, when you’re
giving driving lessons, you may have to repeat the same lesson many
times before the student gets the hang of performing the manoeuvres.
You’ll also need patience, as well as fortitude when the pupil
inadvertently endangers your life through sheer stupidity. Another
reason you may need patience is because may have to endure other
people’s prejudices and ill-mannered behaviour.
Another essential quality is a love and high capacity for teaching
and learning. You’ll have to constantly be learning new sales and
marketing techniques, driving regulations, and teaching methods.
You’ll have to love teaching because you may have lessons scheduled
at times when you may not feel like working. Also, there may be
times that the only work reward is the knowledge that you’ve helped
someone learn a vital lesson.
To be a successful driving instructor, you’ll also need a wide
variety of interpersonal skills. You must be perceptive enough to
accurately interpret other people’s emotions, actions, and
reactions. You must be compassionate and considerate when giving
constructive feedback to your students. You must understand of your
students’ needs. You also must be very tolerant of other people’s
lifestyles and belief systems.
Exceptional communication skills are also required. You’ll need to
use excellent verbal and non-verbal language skills. This includes
accurately using and interpreting body language. It also means using
excellent listening skills.
Additionally, since almost all driving instructors are
self-employed, you’ll need to be very enterprising. You’ll need good
business administration skills. You’ll be overseeing marketing,
customer service, business finances, and keeping adequate records,
as well as managing several other aspects of a small business.
You’ll also need lots of determination and drive, as well as good
self-discipline in order to succeed. Moreover, you will need
exceptional driving skills, and have to be properly trained as an
instructor. However, if you have these qualities and skills then
you’ll likely be a very successful U.K. driving instructor.
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