All Careers Advice

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Starlight memories

Optometrist Susan Cowling performed in musical theatre for 10 years, dancing her way to Mexico and back before finding a calling in optics

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The Midlands

Looking for a job in the Midlands but not sure what kind of salary and benefits you can expect? Optician's salary survey reveals some facts and figures

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The South East

The latest part of the Optician salary survey looks at the South East region

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East Anglia

In the first of the regional breakdowns of the Optician salary survey, released in conjunction with Specsavers, Mike Hale crunches the numbers for East Anglia

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Optics rides the waves of recession

Optrafair 2009 presented an excellent chance for optical staff at all levels looking for new career opportunities to meet the leading recruitment consultancies under one roof. Perry Thakrar reports

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Blood of a Viking

At weekends Dr Glyn Walsh, senior lecturer, programme organiser (dispensing) and registered optometrist at Glasgow University's Department of Vision Sciences, often goes by the more imposing title of Magnus the Viking. Alex Thomas reports

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The only way is up

A new series looking at the after hours activities of optical folk begins with a familiar face from the Optician Ironman team

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The Complete Optometric Assistant

Aspiring assistants take note. Karen Clegg enthuses about a book for frontline staff which should occupy a quite unique place on the bookshelf

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Lost opportunity

Marvyn Slater, who retired from practice in 2003, reflects on his career and gives his opinion of where optometry went wrong

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Escape to the country

Following on from last month's focus on the West Country, Mike Hale puts optical opportunities in East Anglia under the microscope

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Go west, young optom!

For aspiring optometrists and dispensing opticians qualifying is only the start of their lives in optics. Once they have negotiated four years of undergraduate study, a further year pre-registration, passed countless exams and most likely incurred crippling loans, the next step is to successfully apply for a job – and anyone thinking this is the easy part is behind the times.

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Should I go it alone?

Tina Romanay describes the role of the locum optometrist and some points that are worth considering before going down this employment path

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Optometry in India

Optometrists in India are engaged in a struggle to raise the profile of the profession in the country. Narendra Kumar reports

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The sports vision maverick

Optometrist Nick Dash, CEO of sports vision advisory company ProSportsVision, has been involved with sport throughout his career. Alex Thomas reports

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Holding on to your best staff

How do you make sure your staff feel appreciated and motivated? David Gilliver outlines the key issues in retaining talented personnel

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Gaining through training

David Gilliver reports on the need for training of non-professional staff, with customer skills particularly important in times of economic uncertainty