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Bethan Pugh
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OptometristSpecsavers, Newport
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Sales Assistant, WHSmith, Caerphilly

My first job. Involved working on the till, dealing with customer enquiries and ordering books for customers. Helped to improve my confidence when dealing with people I do not know.

Optical Assistant, Specsavers, Newport

In my last year of University, I worked as an assistant. This helped to build on the knowledge I was gaining in University and also made me familiar with the store and meant that I already knew my colleagues well prior to starting Pre-Registration. An Optical Assistant helps with the running of an Opticians. They help customers with a range of queries including helping them to choose their new frames and taking measurements to enable the glasses to fit and suit the customer. The role also involves checking the fit of glasses and ensuring that they are working as expected.

Pre Registration Optometrist

After getting an Optometry degree, you do a Pre-Registration placement. You are supervised by a qualified Optometrist day-to-day and regularly assessed by the College of Optometrists. Once completed, you can practice on your own without supervision. You work as an Optometrist doing eye tests, contact lens fits assessment and dispensing and fitting of spectacles, but also have to build a collection of case records that meet competencies set by the College of Optometrists. Everything you do during this year is checked by your Supervisor who ensures everything you do is correct, safe and in the best interests of the patient.

Specsavers, Newport

After passing my Pre-Registration placement, I was offered a full-time position as an Optometrist. The role includes performing eye tests and contact lens assessments and dealing with acute eye problems. I also help fit glasses. An Optometrist performs eye tests on people of all ages, advising whether using optical correction (glasses and/or contact lenses) would be of benefit. In Wales, the job also involves dealing with people who have acute eye problems, so people are seen quickly rather than having to wait to see a GP. I also help to supervise colleagues who are doing Pre-Registration placements.

My Education
Optometry (Degree with Honours (BA Hons))
Cardiff University
Cardiff, Wales
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
St Martins Comprehensive School, Caerphilly,
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