Startup Q & A Board For Business-Minded OpticiansOn September 25, 2019 by admin
Becoming an optician requires a few years of academic and practical training. And it is usual for the graduate to serve an internship within the retail or wholesale optometry environment, if not that and perhaps ideally, within the health services sector itself, whether public or private. Speaking of which, many qualifying optometrists are opting to go private. Today, many of them can safely assume that at some stage in the future, they will be able to enjoy a stake within an optical franchise network.
The franchise route offers the clinical practitioners something of a safety net in the sense that whilst they may know everything there is to know about optometry, they fall short in the business area. This is not necessarily their fault because, after all, they never had any formal training to begin with. And the internship may have been focused purely on the clinical event. When you come to think of it, surely this is something that should be included in a young medical practitioner’s training in any event.
It becomes something of an MBA, as in a formal qualification in marketing and business administration, academic bookmarks sorely needed for those that wish to run a business or be at the head of a group or team. So in a sense, the franchising group becomes the internee’s academic supervisor. More importantly, practical training is provided. But critically, straightforward financial assistance is not always forthcoming.
This is never a bad thing. It is more a case of teaching a young man (or woman) to stand on his own feet. But along the way, sage advice is always given, and that is not a bad thing at all. Q & A sessions should never be taken lightly. Take the counsel and move on.