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Remarkable roles

Steady sea legs are a must if you offer eye care on a remote archipelago in the western approaches. Optician finds out more from optometrist Alison Williams, the woman tasked with the role

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Q&A: Sophie Johnson

Eyesight's DO explains why she chose a challenging career with room for progression

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Q&A: Kiki Soteri

Specsavers' head of enhanced optical services talks to us about combining two high profile roles

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Remarkable roles

Speed is of the essence for optometrist Ben Duffill, who has successfully merged his practice life in optics with being the manager of a professional motorcycle speedway team. He tells Joe Ayling how combining both has been an exciting journey

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Recruitment in the North East

A shortfall of optical professionals in the north-east of England means that there are plentiful career opportunities in community practices with good salaries, training and job security, finds Saul Sebag

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Working towards a balance

As female practitioners continue to outnumber men working in UK optics, Emma White discusses how far the profession enables women to achieve a work-life balance

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Georgia Hobson, Eye Contact Opticians, senior dispensing associate talks to Optician about the role of the optical assistant and effective teamwork

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Optometry degree course guide

As another academic year reaches its conclusion, Saul Sebag visits BSc student representatives enrolled on two of the optometry degree schools in the UK. Students in Plymouth and Manchester share their experiences and hopes for their future

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Chris Howarth on recruitment

Chris Howarth - the director of professional recruitment at Specsavers - talks to us about recruitment at the multiple

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The inexorable rise of the freelance optometrist

What does the increasing use of locums say about the optical sector – is it that optometrists are rejecting full-time employment or are companies finding a pool of freelancers beneficial to the bottom line? Rory Brogan investigates

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Career Q&A: How I started out at Specsavers

I am very much a people person and I wanted to work with the public. Optics is incredibly rewarding because you are genuinely able to help individuals every day. Sometimes we overlook how our expertise can really enhance people’s daily lives

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Finding the right home for your career

Choosing the right practice setting is an important process for both experienced professionals and those just starting out. Large multiples, small independents and busy supermarket settings each have their advantages depending on individual priorities. Joe Ayling explores the pros and cons of each

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Careers in optics: Mapping out your future

Career choices in today’s profession can range from working in a specialist clinic to representing an optical brand, with plenty of opportunity to change path halfway through the journey