Work experience tips for employers

Have you thought about offering work experience but don't know where to start? We've got tips and resources to help. Have a plan. Don't wait until the student turns up but work out activities for each day that will show them a range of aspects of the business. Think about what sort of student you are looking for - someone who is studying for GCSEs or Alevels? You can also offer work experience to someone who wants to change career.…

What happens if your GCSE results aren’t what you need?

If you are awaiting your GCSE results you may be feeling relax – or you may be really worried. Your GCSE results can be key to your next steps at sixth form or college. But if things don’t work out how you hoped, there are alternatives for you to consider. Just missed your grades? If you are not far off what was needed to study your chosen subject you may be able to study it if your college has some…

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Take part in EyeThrive – a pioneering Ophthalmic Leadership Programme

EyeThrive – a pioneering ophthalmic leadership programme - is for ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists, nurses and other allied health professionals who are looking to take their leadership skills to the next level.   Friday 9th and Monday 12th September 2022 8.30am – 3pm | Live online   Learning Objectives Gain insights into your personality and strengths and how to proactively use this knowledge to develop yourself and others.Develop essential skills to empower yourself to be more proactive in nurturing your resilience and…

Studying for T Levels? You should go to Specsavers

Specsavers has announced an initiative to help develop talented new healthcare specialists. It has pledged to offer 100 placements in optical care services for learners studying the new Government-led T Level qualification in Healthcare Science. Working in partnership with the educational charity and leader in vocational and technical learning NCFE, it is hoped the scheme will help to expand the pipeline of talented individuals entering the profession.  Dena Wyatt, National Apprenticeship Manager for UK Apprenticeships at Specsavers, says: ‘Supporting the…

What happens if A level results don’t go how you hoped?

A level results day can be a fraught time as you’ve pinned your hopes and next steps on getting the grades you need for a particular course at a particular university. But if things don’t work out how you hoped, there are alternatives for you to consider. Just missed your grades – you may still find that your first choice is possible as the university may decide to offer the place to you anyway via a ‘changed course offer’ meaning…

Day in the life … QTVI Helen

Helen is a QTVI, a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI). According to RNIB, QTVIs carry out a central role in the education of children and young people with vision impairment from birth, working in homes, early years settings, schools and post 16 settings. The day starts with checking and responding to emails; these could be from parents, schools, other professionals and team colleagues.  Then I would carry out visits to children in their educational…

FREE Results Day Webinar for A Level & VTQ Students

Have you been taking exams for A Levels or equivalents? You’re invited to a FREE webinar about exploring your next steps after Results Day. Find out how to prepare for Results Day, who you can talk to about the right next steps for YOU, and hear advice from people who have been in your shows – sign up now! This webinar is from Careers in Eyecare partner Youth Employment UK.

Event: have you thought about running your own business?

Becoming a dispensing optician or optometrist gives you a range of options for your career. Some people may enjoy the clinical side of the role, while others may like to focus on management and retail. If you would like to have control over all aspects of the business, have you thought about running your own optical practice? You can discover more about running a practice at the ABDO Become an Independent Optician twilight session. This event is free of charge…

What to ask when you go to a careers fair

If your school or college is putting on a careers fair, it's worth thinking about what to ask before you go. A careers fair gives you the chance to speak to someone already working in a role. It's a great chance to get an inside take on a number of different jobs. Planning your questions ahead can help so what should you ask? Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Before you go, look at the list of attendees.…

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