An optometrist at an independent opticians in the south has visited a local sixth form to speak to students about optometry as a career, sharing her own journey to becoming a qualified optometrist.
Joanna Williams, senior optometrist at Wardale Williams Opticians, attended Thomas Gainsborough School Sixth Form to talk to students on an applied science course. During the talk, Ms Williams shared details of her own A level choices, as well as how a degree in biochemistry, followed by a post graduate course, and then a degree in optometry 11 years later saw her become an optometrist.
Sixth formers asked Ms Williams questions about the use of technology in optometry; how she funded her degrees; the importance of interpersonal and business skills; and the need for continuous professional development.
Ms Williams explained to OT that the opticians is keen to help the next generation of science students by raising awareness of the use of science subjects in “actual jobs.” Students will now have the opportunity to visit the practice “to experience science and business in action,” the optometrist said.
Demonstrating support for its local community, the independent opticians sponsors the Wardale Williams Cup for outstanding achievement in science at the school, as well as the Sixth Form Challenge Cup which is competed for between three local academies.
Ms Williams added: “I have always followed my dream of studying science and have never regretted it for a moment. There are so many opportunities for youngsters these days but they need to find those opportunities – there is also a lot of competition out there in the workplace so they need to make themselves employable. If I can help anyone by telling my own story then I am glad.”