Representatives of Optometry Victoria and ECO Victoria with final-year students from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University
By Ashleigh McMillan
Final-year optometry students from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University met with potential employers and heard early career optometrists tell their stories at SRC 2017.
Forty-six students attended the event, which was tailored to meet the needs and concerns of optometry students graduating in 2017.
Students watched live streaming of Dr Ben Gaddie’s lecture ‘Congenital and acquired diseases of the optic nerve’ before listening to Optometry Victoria’s Rowan Prendergast discuss the work of the professional organisation.
Optometry Victoria member services and policy adviser Michelle Marven led a discussion that explored the different types of employment and factors to consider when considering work.
A panel of early career optometrists from diverse practising backgrounds discussed how they navigated their first years in practice. Jack Yao, Rebecca Nowaczek, Helen Cho, Shahnani Avadia and Jacqui Kirkman fielded questions from an attentive audience about different modes of practice, improving efficiency and how they gained confidence in their clinical skills.
Students also had the opportunity to meet potential employers at a career expo, before attending a social gathering with Early Career Optometrists Victoria.
Final-year students at the event
Early career optometrists and students