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.…

Flexible bank and locum careers in eyecare

If you are still at school or college you may want to know more about which careers offer flexible ways to work. There are plenty of ways to work flexibly when you work in eyecare, and in this article we look at being a locum. A locum is a stand-in for a regular member of staff. You can find locum doctors, optometrists and opticians. Nurses, support workers and health care assistants can also work flexibly. You might hear about working…

Event: Would you like to run your own optical practice?

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…

Train your skills

Studying, working, looking for a job? Or not sure what you want to do in life? If you’re aged 14-24 and ready to train your skills the way you’d train your muscles in a gym, you’re in. With free Young Professional training you can boost your life and work skills. Youth Employment UK's Young Professionals training will help you every step of the way, wherever you live in the UK. You’ve got what it takes. It’s time to start believing…

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How to get a job in retail

Retail is a great place to start your career. These great tips from the Careers in Eyecare experts can help you get the retail jobs you apply for! Retail is a great place to start your career – there are so many different shops you can work in you’re sure to find one that appeals. But if you have an eye on your dream job, what will you need to make sure that you are picked for the role when…

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5 tips for all school leavers ready for the world of work

If you have just left school and aren’t sure about your next step, you’re not alone. Thousands of 16 to 18-year-olds have finished school and are ready to explore the world of work. These tips from youth-friendly organisation ABDO will help you make the leap. School leavers – ready to make the jump to working? You may have something lined up already, but if you don’t, here are some tips to help you explore what you might like to do.…

12 dos and don’ts of job applications

Writing a job application can seem like a big task, Here are some tips from ABDO to help you succeed.  The same application won’t work for all jobs: tailor your application to the companyand role. Don’t just copy and paste: insteadResearch the role that you are applying for and find out about the key duties and responsibilitiesRead and understand the job description.Investigate the company that you are applying to, their background and their values.Do apply for roles where you meet the…

A day in the life … frame rep Liz

Liz Shepherd is a frame rep for STEPPER EYEWEAR. Read on to discover what a day is like as a rep, and whether this is a career that would suit you.  My typical day as a BDM for STEPPER EYEWEAR? No day is ever the same as a rep. My area covers the whole of the Midlands and I am never in the same place two days running. One day I could be at an appointment selecting frames and another…

Tips to help you with a job interview

Two things always come up in your job interview: do you understand what your role in the company would be, and how well can you answer the questions? These tips from Careers in Eyecare will really help! Cover the basics before your interview Research the role that you are applying for and understand the key duties and responsibilities.Read and understand the job description.Think about what makes you the ideal candidate.Research the company that you are applying to and understand their…