“It is not always easy working from home”
Howard Collins on working in academia, and the importance of maintaining a work/life balance during the pandemic
14 January 2021
What is your career goal?Ideally, I would like to stay within academia, and I am ultimately aiming for a lectureship within optometry.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d say, ‘stop procrastinating; do the thing now.’ To be fair, I could pretty much give myself that advice on a daily basis.
If you could switch career path, what would you choose to do?
I’ve always wanted to write a novel – so maybe a bestselling author.
How do you manage a work/life balance?It is not always easy working from home. I think maintaining a routine as much as possible and knowing when you need to stop are pretty key.
What do you do to unwind?
I play golf, although the amount of unwinding I do is sometimes hampered by my performance on the golf course.
Ideally, I would like to stay within academia, and I am ultimately aiming for a lectureship within optometry
You have won the OT lottery. What are the first three things you would do with the £1m jackpot?I’d buy a new house, put some money into trust funds for my nieces and nephews, and probably splash out on an outrageously expensive watch.
Did you have holiday plans in 2020?We had tickets for a couple of the Euros games in Denmark and Germany this year, so hopefully we can tie that in with a holiday for the rearranged fixtures in 2021.
Howard’s 10-second challenge
- Kindle or hardback? Hardback
- Cheese or chocolate? Cheese
- Apple or Android? Android
- Takeaway or fine dining? Fine dining
- Trainers or heels/brogues? Trainers
- Beach bum or culture vulture? Beach bum
- Strictly or X Factor? Bake off please