Instructor Facebook Groups- ADI/PDI Vision Group
Ok- so you are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or a Provisional Driving Instructor (PDI) and have come to realise that it is quite a lonely world when you work for yourself. Albeit you may become great friends with some of your learners, or you may be a franchised instructor and be part of a network of instructors on the road- but; how often do you actually get to mingle with like- minded people: your so-called colleagues?
After working ‘til 8pm, and often later, with hardly a weekend off, when do you actually have the time to socialize or interact with other colleagues?
I bet your answer is not often. After being an instructor on the road for the best past of eleven years, I come to realise how lonely the world of the ADI is.
I would often come home stressed from a days teaching, wanting to moan and groan about my days events. Alas; I was a single parent, so unless I butchered my eldest about my day, I had nobody to turn to. Some of my anguish would result in the following concerns:
- Do other ADI’s have 2 double lessons cancelled with late notice?
- Are other ADI’s sick and tired of the poor excuses of other road users, especially when trying to teach a novice learner, only to be beeped and harassed on the road?
- Are other ADI’s sick and tired of the forever excuse as to why the beloved 17 year old has yet again cancelled?
- Are other ADI’s constantly annoyed with the council for not fixing the ever growing pothole saga?
- What do I do If my car breaks down and I have a driving test the following morning?
- Do other instructors struggle with keeping everybody happy?
- How do others deal with an aggravated parent?
- How do other ADI’s deal with no work in bad weather?
- Are other ADI’s tired of the constant price war of driving lessons?
- Are other ADI’s managing to earn a decent income?
So many questions would float through my mind, and with the ever need to vent; I turned to online forums.
Facebook ADI/PDI forums
My first experience of Facebook forums was great. For the first time, I could interact and be-friend fellow colleagues from the comfort of my own sofa. All of the thoughts going through my mind weren’t just my thoughts- but indeed the thoughts of 100’s of other ADI’s. Albeit there is also a lot of bickering on these forums, the onus was united across the board- to inform and educate and to share.
One of my favourite groups is the ADI vision group, which was set-up by an ADI called Dave. After being booted off another forum- Dave went it alone to rival his competitor to become a fast growing Facebook forum for ADI’s. The best bit about this forum is, it is set to private. Unlike many, fellow parents and pupils can’t snoop on you, and indeed you could vent your frustrations with out the concern or fear of up-setting the outer world.
If you would like to become a member of this group, please click this link
Mission statement of ADI/PDI VISION GROUP:
“This group was created by myself after finding other adi groups too heavily administrated and often created with an ulterior motive to push sales and advertising.
So after being kicked off another group for speaking my mind, I was given a massive push by Jamie Driving-instructor Traynor to create this group, he has been with me from the start.
All I ask is that we keep this group peaceful, please do not post any personal insults and we won’t put up with any of the ‘isms and if you have something to advertise, try another group because it won’t be tolerated.
Just think of this group as an after hours discussion in your local pub and I’m your bouncer if it starts getting rough..
Enjoy but think of others before you press “enter””
For more advice on Facebook groups please check out here.