Learn to Drive to Boost Your Job Prospects – Take Driving Lessons
For many young adults, leaving secondary or tertiary education, finding employment is a daunting challenge. In times of economic uncertainty, with increasing national unemployment, public sector pay freezes, and intense labor competition, it is more important than ever that CV look as attractive as possible.
Depending on your level of qualifications and any job experience, you may already be in a better position than you expect, and the main areas you will have to work on will be the presentation of your CV, as well as your interview skills.
However, during the time that you are between education and full time employment, you may very well have considered learning to drive. The benefits are obvious: the increase to personal freedom and connectivity to your social life; the convenience of being able to jump straight into your car and drive off wherever and whenever you like; not to mention the novelty and fun that come with it.
The one benefit that may, so far, be incentivizing you the least is the effect it will have on your employability. To an employer, whatever the role, a clean driving license is an extremely attractive feature to find on a CV
It tells the employer that not only are you able to drive, should the role or organization require you to do so, but that you are capable, committed to your goals, hard-working, and well motivated. Above all, employers invariably see a driving license as a mark of intelligence.
The reality is that a significant proportion of jobs in the UK actually require a clean driving license. By learning to drive, you are not only broadening your job opportunities at a time when, for most, taking what you can get is the sensible approach, but also expanding the horizons of the career path you do choose (or have chosen). Many managerial positions require mobility through a geographical area, if more than one branch / concessions of the organization is under your purview.
By learning to drive, then, you will find that your career benefits in the short run as well as the long run.
The question, then, is how to go about it. This question has an easy answer. All across the country, there are skilled driving instructors who take a friendly yet professional approach to their well-paced, constructive driving lessons.
Whether you have driven before, or you are a complete beginner, you can try out driving lessons, and develop a great working relationship with your driving instructor.
If you have recently finished or are in the middle of secondary or further / higher education, you may be concerned about the costs involved, and will have a limited budget available. Driving instructors make it very affordable by offering discounts for buying blocks of 10/20/30/40 lessons.
The best way to make a decision about a bulk purchase like this is to contact a driving instructor to inquire about driving lessons, try them out, and then purchase a block of lessons if you are comfortable with your driving instructor.
Before you know it, you'll be raising your L-plate and sitting the road!