“Income seldom exceeds personal development.”
Corporate Optometry is indeed a promising field, especially in terms of monetary gain. Of course you would know this if you have been a Corporate OD or even if you are about to graduate from a school of optometry soon. The ‘bright’ future that this path offers is likely to have been a major factor that motivated you to pursue a career in corporate optometry.
But whether you feel you have gained sufficient knowledge during optometry school, or have been successfully practicing and think you know enough, you must remember that optometry is an evolving profession and they is always room for growth. You should always what to learn and seek more.
If you want to grow in corporate optometry you must find resources to develop yourself. There are a lot of practice management and clinical resources but there should be more on leadership, career advancement and extending personal goals.
Embrace the challenges!
To ensure success in your work, you must develop the ability to perform well under pressure. Many Corporate ODs see a large number of patients and the long work hours with fewer holidays that come with this career choice. Even if you are stressed out in the beginning, allow yourself to embrace the challenge and meet the requirements of your work head-on. Not only will you soon adjust, but you will also learn to manage and cope with all the pressure at work.The key is to maintain a positive attitude. Eat healthy and do exercise regularly and perhaps yoga or meditation as well, since they are proven to promote a healthy mind.
And no matter what happens, remember it is the obstacles that create personal growth.
Learn, learn, and learn!
Continue expanding your knowledge about optometry and the key treatments and procedures in the industry. Step of the corporate OD island and meet other ODs that practice with the same company and expand outside that network as well. Engage in healthy discussions on important topics in your field.
Joining the Facebook group Corporate Optometry can provide continuing personal development as they often provide not just the best practical methods, but also teach management and other key life skills that other corporate ODs face.
Self-reflect and evaluate your career goals and want you want to achieve in a reasonable time frame and make any appropriate adjustments as required. This will be of great benefit to not only those around you but to you yourself as well. You must continue to expand your interests, and shape, improve and develop your skills and knowledge, in order to advance your optometric career and become the OD that you always envisioned in yourself.
Self Reflection should be done on short term and long term goals evaluating your failures and re-framing them to continue to grow!
With the right polishing, not just the glasses but you can shine as well!