Planning your career, choosing the right role and securing your dream job is one of the most nerve-racking challenges any optical professional faces in their life.

Getting the right advice is crucial and that is why Optician has teamed up with the careers and employment experts Vivid Optical to provide a dedicated and free careers advice clinic at this year’s Optrafair (Optician stand H31).

All clinicians of all qualifications and in all stages of training are invited to come to Stand H31 to seek advice and discuss their career options. You may want to know what the best qualifications are to successfully pursue your chosen career or simply want to discuss what job opportunities are open. If it’s career- related Vivid is on hand to help.

The London-based consultancy is one of the leading providers of workplace advice to professionals optical retailers looking to fill professional roles ranging from Optometrist all the way through to support staff. Vivid works with a wide variety of clients ranging from high street chains and supermarkets to regional groups, domiciliary providers right through to some of the most fashionable desirable workplaces in the country. Over the last seven years, it has successfully set thousands of professionals along their chosen career paths.

Vivid boasts a team of 12 dedicated professionals with wide experience of the optical market. Each day at Optrafair, the Vivid team will be on hand to answer questions from clinicians at all levels of their career.

Whether a mature optometrist looking for a career move to take them onto the next phase or a young professional at the outset of their career Vivid will be able to help. It specialises in career mapping and will listen to your wishes and goals to identify your dream role. From those discussions it will help clinicians map out a route to reach their goals and identify the milestones they need to pass in order to achieve them.

This consultative approach is particularly important for professionals looking to get into Enhanced Optical Services or other specialist areas of career development, says Josh Surtees, recruitment director.

Surtees says as Vivid Optical works with a range of employers as well as optical professionals it is uniquely placed to put the right people in the right roles. Vivid’s advice has to suit both parties so it’s unbiased and all of its advice is provided without personal incentive.

Vivid’s expertise spans the employment sphere so it is able to advise on a range of topics including how to understand Visa requirements and the best way to secure the right working credentials. For those looking to move to the UK it can advise on converting other territories’ qualifications for work in the UK.

For those actively seeking a new role Vivid can offer advice on the review and design of Curriculum Vitaes, it also has wide ranging experience in coaching candidates on interview techniques. Owner and director, Luke Elias says meeting new people, overcoming difficult questions and having to present your experience, skills and attributes in an interview is a prerequisite and Vivid offers advice on preparing for your interview, brushing up on communication skills and advising on the best approach.

Performing well in an interview is crucial and Vivid can talk candidates through the process and enable them to understand issues such as image and appearance, suggest some question a potential employer might ask and the best techniques for appearing confident not cocky.

With so many types of employment now open to optical professionals Vivid will also be on hand to discuss the merits of locum work over employed status, the benefits of different working environments, the employment benefits candidates might expect and the professional development they should enjoy.

Where individuals want to work will always be a personal choice but Vivid can also help by offering expert advice on the relative benefits and cultural fits of different workplaces. Its experts are fully up to speed on the opportunities offered by the supermarkets, high street multiples, regional chains, independents and domiciliary providers. By discussing what a candidate wants to get from their career Vivid can help match them to the perfect job that meets their work life needs and develops their career in the direction they want it to travel.

To make an appointment email: joshua@vivid-optical.co.uk or simply pop along to the Optician stand H31.