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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

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Driving Instructor

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


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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. 


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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.


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Organisation: Driving Instructor Register of Ireland
  Address: 105 Shanliss Road, Santry, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 8422587
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Organisation: Road Safety Authority (RSA)
  Address: Moy Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co.Mayo
  Tel: (096) 25000 / LoCall 1890 506080
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Organisation: Motor Schools Association of Ireland
  Address: 26 Riverview Estate, Ballyvolane, Cork
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