When did you first become aware of optometry?
I first became aware of the profession when I started working in a practice three years ago as a trainee dispensing optician. I qualified last September and then started studying optometry. Optometry was never really on my radar and unlike most people in this industry, I completely fell into it. However, I’ve really found a passion for the industry and I love everything about it.
What were the main reasons you wanted to become an optometrist?
Working in practice gave me a good opportunity to see what goes on the shop floor as well as gaining insight into the testing room. I saw that and was really inspired to continue my education and develop in the industry.
Who influenced you to go into optometry?
A lot of the people who I’ve worked with including dispensing opticians, optometrists and locums. I have met so many people who I aspire to be as good as one day.
What are your career goals?
I’d like to go into academia and become a university lecturer. I’ve already got plans to start my PhD, which is a bit ambitious considering I’m in my first year, but that’s where I can see my career going at the moment.
“I have met so many people who I aspire to be as good as one day”
What are the challenges of your university course?
The main challenges have been going from working full-time to becoming a student. It took a bit of time to get used to that lifestyle, but I’ve figured it out now.
What have you learned from your in practice experiences so far?
It has given me a huge amount of confidence when talking to people and helping to deal with their problems. It has cemented how much I really enjoy this profession.