Careers in Eyecare – working in management

If you are early in your career, have you thought about management as an option for you?

Whilst many people will tell you that experience is key, and it certainly is important, there are ways that you can train towards a management role.

The first thing to consider is what type of management role you may want and be well suited to.

There are opportunities at different levels. Think about which areas you would like to learn more about and train towards. The following are just a few examples:

  • Giving feedback
  • Briefing teams
  • Improving customer service
  • Supporting others’ development
  • Working with financial budgets
  • Resolving problems
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Implementing change

You may also want to think about which industries, sectors or employers appeal to you and where you would like to work geographically.

It is also recommended that you look into possible salaries for each role and employer as these may vary.

Whatever your role, however. developing management skills will help you progress.

When considering employers, ask if they offer a structured management development scheme or apprenticeship in management. These well structured development programmes are followed by many in their early management careers.

There is an assortment of qualifications available from recognised bodies such as ILM and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The courses are offered at many levels and allow you to progress.

Within the eyecare and eyewear sector, ABDO offers training courses to help individuals attain Level 5 qualifications with CMI.

Want to know more? Explore the links above and read about a day in the life of business apprentice Yassin or discover what you need to become an optical practice manager.

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