Optometrist (Female, Age 31) in fredericksburg, VA
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|Other Compensation||None Set|
|Company Size||(not answered)|
|Years Experience||5 years|
Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)
|Years in Career||0|
|Income Rating||0 / 10|
|Interest Rating||0 / 10|
|Work-Life Rating||0 / 10|
|Fulfilment Rating||0 / 10|
Table of Contents
Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work in a 12 employee private eye care practice
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am responsible for direct patient care
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
health insurance, education, free lunches, malpractice
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with people every day as I am a doctor. I also work closely with my coworkers, techs, product reps, and sales people. I thoroughly enjoy this as I am social in nature
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
not sure what to fill in here
Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Job Title: 4
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 8
A day in the life of…
Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:
|5am to 6am|
|6am to 7am|
|7am to 8am||Got on road, got breakfast on the run, took baby to daycare|
|8am to 9am||Dropped off baby at daycare, got to work, checked emails, schedule, had coffee, reviewed the days charts|
|9am to 10am||Begin patient care, do 3 exams.|
|10am to 11am||performed 3 exams|
|11am to 12pm||performed 2 exams|
|12pm to 1pm||lunch! read magazine, checked email|
|1pm to 2pm||3 patient exams, finished yesterdays charts, ordered contact lenses2|
|2pm to 3pm||2 patient exams|
|3pm to 4pm||3 exams performed|
|4pm to 5pm||3 final exams, and work day over|
|5pm to 6pm||pick up baby from daycare|
|6pm to 7pm||commute home|
|7pm to 8pm||arrive home, walk dog, feed baby, cook dinner, check email|
|8pm to 9pm||prepare baby’s bottles for the next day, watch tv, wash dishes|
|9pm to 10pm||put baby to bed, browse internet|
|10pm to 11pm||internet time|
|11pm to 12am||bed time!|
How you got your job
How did you get your current job?
What was the application process?
Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed with the practice manager and managing doctor seperately on one day
If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I was asked a little about me personally, what my experience and interests are, what are my skills, weaknesses, etc. I really cannot remember detail but it was pretty informal and friendly. Salary not discussed.
Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, well, school actually properly prepared me for my job! But when I first started my current position we were shorthanded and I didnt get an orientation but was thrown in and had to learn the ropes of the business on my own!
Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
4 years of college, 4 years professional school, one year post grad residency. I also went to school during the summers in pro school and had to take 3 boards and a licensing exam. I also need 20 hours continuing education every year.
Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Goes without saying! could not get this job without special training
If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Absolutely! gave me additional skills and practice with seasoned pros to boost my knowledge
If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
4 years of college, 4 years of optometry school and 1 year residency. also would recommend working in an eye care office while in high school, college, etc to get experience with patients, eye care, and glasses. that is one thing i wish i would have done before school to get my feet wet!
What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Definitely people skills, caring attitude, good listener,hard worker, good at science, willing to work hard, business skills
Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Read read read every day and keep current on the field. be a good listener to your patients. dont get into too much debt while paying off loans
Long-term career plans
Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, i would like to stay in private pratice during my career, it offers better hours, is respectable, and has opportinity to advance
What are your current career goals?
I would like to make partner at my practice within 5 years
Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I recommend it but would not have taken out so many loans in the process
Prior work history
Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:
|Prior Job 1||optometrist||2.5 years||96000||patient care, quality assurance reports, lectures|
|Prior Job 2||optometrist||1 year||25750||residency in ocular disease, patient care, lectures, clinical rotations, conferences|
Please list your educational background:
High School GPA:
|3.75||marquette||bs biomedical science|
|Graduate or Professional|
(Masters or Doctorate)
|3.5||il college of optometry||od|
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