All Careers Advice

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Domiciliary: Home safety

Mike Hale finds out how the provision of domiciliary eye care has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

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What are T-levels?

Usman Rasul explains how a T-level programme in optical care services will help recruit optical assistants

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STEP in the right direction

Mike Hale speaks to Kamlesh Chauhan, director of professional education for Northern Europe at Johnson & Johnson Vision, about how the company’s STEP initiative helps pre-regs

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How to achieve mindfulness

Simple techniques can be applied by anyone to make their working lives a little less stressful. David Rahman reports

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Questions for the president

Bill Harvey asks Nick Rumney about his new position as president of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics

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Realising independent dreams

Many organisations claim to champion the formation of the next generation of independent opticians. Chris Bennett reports from an ABDO event designed to turn the dreams of would-be independents into reality

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Ways to boost student numbers

Shaahid Jaffer is an optometrist at family-run practice Family Eyecare in Middlesex. Since starting there he has worked on retaining and capturing a student demographic, with great effect. He imparts some of his wisdom here for us

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Extracurricular benefits

Luke McRoy-Jones explains how the Plymouth Optometry Society offers its student members much more than just social events

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Spaces designed by the blind

In 2008, US-based architect Chris Downey went blind following brain surgery. He remains an architect today. This is the story of how his sight loss has opened his eyes to other ways of living in the city. Sean Rai-Roche reports

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Improving work-life balance

Striking a good work-life balance is vital to both commercial and personal growth. Business guru Dom Watson outlines seven ways to ensure a healthy business and happy mind

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Feel good factor

Optometrist and life coach Sheena Tanna-Shah has ventured into new streams of health and wellbeing services that have helped occupy her mind and many others. Joe Ayling visited her home in Northampton to find out more

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Remarkable roles

A motorbike ride that lasted longer than expected proved to a be a life changing event for husband and wife team Andrew and Michelle Greene. Chris Bennett travelled to Coulsdon to find out why

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In focus: Employment rights

The ‘gig economy’ has become a talking point once again after a self-employed plumber emerged triumphant from a Supreme Court case last week. Joe Ayling reports

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Remarkable roles

Optometrist Peter Greedy looked set for a comfortable corporate career before applying his inquisitive mind to an everyday problem, Chris Bennett caught up with him to find out more

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In focus: The Gender pay gap

As the gender pay gap debate rages on, the UK’s leading optical chains last week met a government deadline to disclose how much they were paying male and female optical staff. Joe Ayling reports