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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Careers in the Optical or Eye Field

First of all, you are going to need to know what kind of education you need to have if you want a career in the optical/eye field. Believe it or not, there is not a huge amount of training involved in order to get involved in many of these jobs. Of course you are going to need to have a high school diploma, and many companies will require that you have some amount of college training in a field that is relevant. Some of the courses that will be valuable for you if you want to work in this field include algebra, anatomy of the eye, geometry, drawing, and physics.

There is on the job training offered as well, and many times you can start out as an apprentice to become an optician. Your training on the job will teach you about optical math you need to use, how to use the mechanical equipment, and a bit of optical physics as well. You will also learn how to relate and work with clients, which is extremely important. There are some states that do require that opticians be licensed. Some companies offer great programs for opticians and many of their programs last only a year or so. However, if you want to be an actual optometrist or an ophthalmologist, you will be required to have more training than just a simple apprenticeship.

What Jobs are Available?

There are quite a few different jobs to choose from when you get involved in the optical/eye field. You may want to get the extra training to actually become an ophthalmologist or an optometrist, which means you can set up your own practice or you can work for a specific company. Also, you may want to get a job working for a company under an optometrist. There are also jobs out there for ophthalmic laboratory technicians as well. You may be able to help customers choose frames or suitable contacts. Also, you may help to fit the frames or repair broken frames and lenses as well. Other jobs you may be doing include measuring the eyes of a client, using various tools to verify prescriptions, and recording a variety of important information.

Money Matters

The salary for people in the optical/eye field can vary quite greatly, depending on what specific job you have and the company you work for. However, most people in the field make at least $25,000 a year, and many of them earn closer to $30,000 or $35,000 a year. However, those who go on to be ophthalmologists or optometrists will earn quite a bit more. Usually they will earn anywhere from $65,000 to about $105,000 a year, depending on where they practice. However, some may make up to $220,00 a year as well.

A Few Companies to Take into Consideration

More than likely you are also interested in finding out what kind of companies hire people who have careers in this field. Well, there are a variety of them out there, and many of them have great salaries and benefits to offer you. A few great choices of companies to consider in the United States include Nationwide Vision Laser and Eye Centers, Eyes of Texas Vision, and Lens Crafters. There are also many great companies available in Canada that offer excellent jobs as well, including Pickering Optometric Clinic, Alberta Association of Optometrists, and Dr. Wayne G. Wheeler and Associates.


Components of an Effective Self-Marketing for Your Job Search

Create a professional identity.

Job seekers must be able to tell their audience what type of position they are targeting. Sometimes people confuse professional identity with the job title that is listed on a job description. These titles can be misleading and do not always fully describe the nature of the person’s responsibilities. By using such titles in place of a professional identity you run the risk of compromising your self-marketing campaign. For example, in the world of finance, many back office administrators are simply called clerks. Such a title can place severe limitations on your marketing capsule. A more targeted and effective professional identity might be Financial Custody Administrator or Securities Administrator.

Showcase three strengths.

Highlight three areas of competency that show your value add and differentiate you from the competition. Chose traits that can easily be coupled with examples of how you have helped the organizations you have supported make money, save money, save time, maintain the business, or grow the business. For example, being proficient in Microsoft Project can position a project manager as a candidate that gets the job done expeditiously and in turn saves time, money, and resources.

Use accomplishment-focused, metrics-driven examples to support your strengths.

Just like the resume, the marketing capsule must include proof that you have successfully completed job relevant tasks. A good strategy is to marry a strength with a specific example to prove that you are accomplished at what you do. Quantify accomplishments using numbers, percentages, and dollars whenever possible.

Discuss your background as it relates to the target function or industry.

Draw on your past experiences from several positions to solidify the scope of your skill set, show career progression, and build the business case for your candidacy. Also include relevant education such as a job-related or advanced degree, industry certifications, advanced technologies, or leadership roles within a professional organization to showcase the diversity of your experiences and position you as a unique contributor.

Make a match between your experience and the skills needed for a particular job function or industry.

Bring the conversation full circle by relating your traits back to the needs of the employer or the needs of a particular industry. By doing so you prove relevancy and demonstrate why your skills are a good fit for a certain type of position.


Things You Should Consider when Moving into a Managerial Position

Make new and maintain existing positive working relationships with the staff you will be managing and working alongside. Ensure you know them individually and what their responsibilities are. It is important that this is dealt with in the very first stages of the new role.

When leaving your current position should make sure this is done smoothly. Complete all your outstanding tasks and pass over all aspects of the job to the newcomer leaving nothing unsure or uncertain. This will highlight the standards and be good for your own reputation.

From the outset show trust in your staff, as this will have a positive effect on them individually.

Lead by example as this will help teach your employees the ways of working and they will respect you as a person.

Corporate culture can prove to be a huge issue and hard work for many. Try not to get involved in changing the structures, ethos or procedures too quickly – settle in first and get to know your surroundings before making any drastic or flippant changes.

Being fair to everyone you are managing and consistency means you will gain respect quickly. You do not want to look like you favour certain individuals particularly if they are friends.

It is always important for individuals to receive feedback and advice so you need to find mentors or new peers who are able to help you in this way.

Finally, now you are managing people you may be working longer hours and become more involved in your job. Make sure you maintain a social life and look after your wellbeing ensuring you have a healthy work/life balance.