Early Career Council Representative

College vacancy Apply by 15 August 2022

Become our Early Career Council Representative

We are looking for a final year student to help inform our direction and strategy as part of College Council. You should be interested in the development of the profession, have an enquiring, critical and open mind, and be willing to express your views.

You will be expected to take an active role in the Council meetings and discussions, and assist Council as it acts as the conscience of the College, monitoring the performance of the Board of Trustees and ensuring that the College remains true to its principles and accountable to its membership. 

This is a voluntary position although reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation, subsistence and childcare will be reimbursed by the College. There are two all-day meetings per year, and the option to attend a range of College events including free registration for our Optometry Tomorrow conference.

The term of office is three years, which is likely to take you through your pre-registration period to fully qualified optometrist. 

I had the privilege of being the first Early Career Representative on the College Council. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. It is a fantastic opportunity to network with other optometrists from all backgrounds - the Council meetings are very informative and it is great to be able to understand different viewpoints regarding the same issue. If you are passionate about optometry and want to be involved with positive changes for our profession, then this is a role you don't want to miss!
Rashida Makda, MCOptom

Ideal personal characteristics of candidates

  • An effective communicator
  • Trusted and reliable
  • Proactive and willing to express your views
  • Well organised with strong attention to detail
  • Committed to the development of the profession
  • Good team working and influencing skills.

Personal and professional development

You can expect to gain from:

  • Career development and a greater profile
  • Access to a network of friendly and informed clinicians
  • An understanding of local and national optometric issues
  • The ability to influence national development of optometry and optics
  • Experience of working in a representative and collaborative role
  • Additional knowledge, clinical insights and transferable skills and which you can use in your studies.

Download the role description

Please apply by filling in the form below.  

We will interview prospective candidates w/c 12 September. 

Please note: To apply for this role, you must be beginning your third year in the Autumn (fourth year at GCU), or beginning your third year of a four year MOptom course.

Contact details

Jo Williams
Closing date for application
15 August 2022