How Learning to Drive Can Advance Your Career
By Careers Experts
Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
If there is one thing about the UK that amazes visitors from around the world, it would be Britain’s amazing public transport system. There are buses and trains running regularly all hours of the day and night, and if you aren’t in a terrible hurry, taking public transport has its advantages. However, if you live and work in the UK, you also know that it can be a bit frustrating waiting on connections to get from one place to the next. If you are in any kind of career that necessitates being out on the road, you just might want to think about learning to drive to advance your career. Take a few moments to think about all the careers that would benefit from increased mobility and you will see just how important that driving licence is.
Careers that Would Benefit by Having a Driving Licence
There are actually several careers that would benefit from having a driving licence, among which would be sales, home healthcare and mobile tech support. Those are just a few, but you could see how you would be extremely limited in the amount of work you could take on if you were dependent solely upon public transport. As a home healthcare worker you might be asked to stop in on several patients within a single day and, of course, in sales you would have difficulty carrying everything you needed in a line of merchandise to show prospective customers.
Tech support would almost always necessitate bringing a vehicle where all the tools and diagnostic equipment could be brought along ‘in case.’ These are just a few of the better known jobs that would benefit from being able to drive, but you get the picture. If you want to progress, it’s really better to drive yourself there than take a bus!
How to Begin Learning to Drive
Before you can get behind a wheel to take the driving portion of the test, you need to pass the theory portion. This can be the most difficult because it isn’t just memorising a bunch of answers to questions you’ve been given to study. Now, you are asked to actually place yourself in the position of the driver, often in a video representation of a real-life scenario, and then are asked what you would do under these circumstances.
While it may feel like simulated driving, the bottom line is that they are looking to see if you are astute enough to handle the car under a wide variety of situations. You can practice these real-life hazard perception scenarios on sites like Toptests and by the time you take the actual exam, you will have all the theory down so that you can pass the first time with flying colours.
Whether you are looking to advance quickly in your job or are looking forward into the future, having a driving licence will give you an advantage that you wouldn’t otherwise have. More options will be open to you and if they don’t open up with your current employer, there are others who will value your ability to drive. Practice now and by the time you are needed behind the wheel, you’ll be ready for that advancement when the time is right.