How Dave Shannon Went From Driving Instructor To Bookkeeper
Dave owns his own Driving School but wanted to change career. 12 months of studying set him in the fast-lane to starting his own bookkeeping practice.
“For the past 15 years I’ve worked as a driving instructor and for the past 10 years have run my own multi-car driving school which currently has 6 driving instructors.
However, with the current developments in technology and driverless cars on the horizon, I feel the need for driving instructors will steadily decrease over the next 10-15 years. For this reason I decided to look towards a career change.”
“The ICB qualification looked like the best route for me”
“I’ve always been interested in finances and accounting so becoming a bookkeeper was a natural choice for me. As a current business owner I was keen to choose a route where I could set up my own practice at the end of my studies and build up my own bookkeeping business, initially alongside my driving school. After looking at the options the ICB qualification looked like the best route for me, and Training Link seemed to provide the best course and value for money for what I was looking for.”
“The tutors always responded to my email questions promptly”
“I started studying with Training Link around May/June 2019 and fitted my studies around my existing work commitments. The training materials were always very clear and the tutors always responded to my email questions promptly. The processes that Training Link have in place for assessments and exams is easy to follow and hassle free.
I was a little fortunate in having some enforced downtime when the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in the UK. It meant that I was able to complete my studies much more quickly and by May 2020 I was qualified to ICB level 3 in bookkeeping and accounts, and also gained my ICB Payroll Diploma.
“I’m now in the process of building my new business”
I started trading at the beginning of June 2020 as Drive Ahead Bookkeeping and welcomed my first customer that week. I’m now in the process of building my new business and I’m excited to see what the future holds in my new career!”
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Perfect if you want to work as a self-employed bookkeeper. When you pass the exams you can apply for your ICB Practice Licence.
- ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- ICB Level 3 Diploma in Payroll Management
- ICB Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax Returns