If you’ve worked as an optometrist for any length of time, you’re probably aware that the role has the potential to be fairly repetitive. That’s why it’s important to take steps to add variety to your work-life, giving yourself the option to step into a role that involves more than just testing.
Here are my top tips on how to expand your career in optometry…
Whilst in your first years of practice, try to take on as many different types of patients as you can. Take NHS bookings, walk-ins (if your practice allows it) and ask for further responsibilities – however small they might be.
If you work in a small practice and are given the ability to make decisions, try your hand at ordering specific lenses/frames, or learning about procurement, clinical standards and professional standards.
You could also step into secondary supervision. It only requires a little extra time on your part, but can really add to a student’s experience, as well as looking great on your CV.
If you’ve always worked within an independent practice, try a new environment. It’s important to be an expert in all manner of optical set-ups. This is something Your World can help with!
Get involved with the Local Optical Committee and speak to more experienced Optometrists.
Would you like to learn more about expanding your optometry experience or find out about jobs in optometry available through Your World? Take a look at our Optometry page or contact me and my specialist team of consultants on 02072200824.