John Nicholson, 48 from Herne Bay in East Kent had spent all his working life in a sales role in the City of London, in the financial services sector. In February 2015, the long hours and intense pressure lead John to quit his job and reassess his career choice.
After looking at the options available to him, John made the decision to retrain as a driving instructor. He embarked on a course with RED Driving School and passed his final exams in September 2016.
John says; “I left my job in the City because there was just so much pressure and stress. I was in a very dark place and was diagnosed with clinical depression. I knew I needed to get out and do something which was more fulfilling and ultimately would help people.
“Since becoming a Driving Instructor, I feel like there’s been a total turnaround in my life. I’m my own boss, and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do. When I worked in the City, I had a two hour commute, followed by a 12 or 14 hour day, rounded off with another two hour commute. I wasn’t living; I was existing. I feel so much happier in myself. It’s like my mind has been set free from the stress.
“Now, I have so much more time to do the things that I want to do, and the freedom to set my own schedule. RED Driving School have been great and I can’t recommend them enough. My only regret is that I didn’t do this 10 years earlier!”