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€30k - €45k
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In Summary - Driving Instructor

Teaches people how to drive safely and according to the rules of the road.

Career Sectors

Driving Instructors typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Further & Adult Education
Education & Teaching
The Motor Industry
Transport & Logistics

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The Work - Driving Instructor

Driving instructors teach driving skills, road sense, and safety to people who are learning how to drive. The instructor plans the lesson route so that it is appropriate to the stage of learning that the pupil has reached. Lessons are generally booked on an hourly basis.  
 
The driving instructor sits next to the learner driver and explains and demonstrates good driving technique, such as the correct use of gears and particular manoeuvres. It is the instructor's responsibility to make sure that the lesson is run safely, and dual pedal controls are used to assist in this.  
 
During lessons, instructors correct and advise on any mistakes made. They instruct clients on the correct action to take at roundabouts, dual carriageways and junctions, for example. Instructors also advise learners on the Rules of the Road.  
 
All instructors must keep a record of lessons booked and money paid and owed. Most people learn to drive over a period of months. However, some driving schools also offer more intensive courses lasting a week or fortnight. They often supply their own car which will be insured for lessons. Other times pupils will wish to learn how to drive in their own car. They may need to make their car available for the test.  
 
Instructors also provide post-test driver training and advanced training for clients who want to take an advanced driving test. There are further career opportunities for advanced fleet driver and instructor training, as well as to become large goods vehicle (LGV) and passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) instructors.

Interests - Driving Instructor

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

You will need to be a confident and skilled driver with the ability to pass your skills on to clients. It is important that you remain patient and calm with people who are nervous, have a pleasant manner and the ability to put people at ease. You need to able to adapt your teaching skills to suit all pupils particularly nervous ones.  
 
You must be able to explain instructions and give directions clearly. You must also be able to gain a client's trust and confidence, and be alert to potential hazards. You need to have quick reaction skills.  
 
Assessment skills are needed to identify whether a client is ready to take their driving test. It is also useful for you to have a basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance that you can pass on to learners.

Entry Requirements - Driving Instructor

Pay & Salary - Driving Instructor

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €30k - €45k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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