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…

What eyecare jobs are there for school leavers?

If you are leaving school this summer, it is a great time to think about your options. You may want to go on to further education or higher education, but you might want to get a job. There are a number of roles for young people working in eyecare. Becoming an optical assistant is a great place to start. This is a good role for you if you like working with people. You could also be interested in fashion, technology,…

Choose a career with a pathway

There are lots of careers and it can be hard to know where to start when making choices. One thing to look out for is a career with a pathway that will allow you to start work, gain experience and take qualifications so you can progress. Working in eyecare, there are a range of entry level jobs that allow you to earn and learn at the same time. You could start as an optical assistant or lab technician. There are…

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

Are you considering an apprenticeship? In this post the team from Woodspeen Training outline everything you need to know. What is an apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is a training course within a vocational setting.  What this means is that you get to ‘earn while you learn’.  An apprenticeship placement means you are doing the job whilst you are formally learning all about what that job entails, hopefully leading to a qualification at the end of the course. “The online learning is…

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Tips for success with online study

Thomas Gluyas is an apprentice optical assistant, training with Woodspeen. Read on for his tips for successful online learning while you are an apprentice. Make sure your computer is charged, you don’t want to drop out halfway through a lesson.Make sure you’ve always got a glass of water with you so you don’t get dehydrated.Choose somewhere quiet where you are comfortable for your lesson. You will learn more in an environment where you are not distracted.Try not to treat it…

Week in the life … optical assistant Thomas

Thomas Gluyas is an apprentice optical assistant. Read on to find out more about his working week! PLUS: Check out Careers In Eyecare for more inspiration. Every Monday I receive a two-and-a-half-hour online lesson on a topic related to the optical industry. These topics have been appropriate to the level of knowledge I had at the time and have progressed week on week. For example earlier lessons included the patient journey and good record keeping whereas a recent lesson was…

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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…

How to make the most of your apprenticeship

Thomas Gluyas is an apprentice optical assistant, training with Woodspeen. Read on for his tips for a successful apprenticeship. Could a Career in Eyecare be what you’ve been looking for? Thomas's tips for success Don’t be afraid to try an apprenticeship in something you’d never considered before.For me, where I work and who I work with is more important than the content of the apprenticeship itself.Think where you could be in two or three years’ time after taking your apprenticeship:…

Would you like to work in a hospital?

If you would like a medical career, there are many options open to you. Becoming a doctor or nurse are two careers that most people might think of, but there are plenty of other people working in a hospital too. Read on to discover some of the wide range of careers in healthcare where you might work in a hospital.  For your first role, why not start as a health care assistant? Your role is to help patients feel as…

Jobs and careers in eye care and eye wear for all

There just might be a job for everyone in eye care and eye wear: read on to find a job to suit you. Love technology? Become a lab technician or dispensing optician and you can find out all about lenses and the latest technology to fit and glaze spectacles. There are jobs and careers in optical manufacturing too: you could work on lens design and help thousands of people see better, through thinner, lighter spectacle lenses. Love fashion? Start as…