Some of you may be wondering what I have been up in the last few years. There has been a lot of change with travelling overseas, getting married, moving houses and changing work just to say a few. Today, I will share a bit about work.
When I first graduated, I worked full time at Specsavers on the Gold Coast for a few years, commuting to and from Brisbane. I rarely drove while I was university so it was a quite hard getting used to driving nearly two hours a day. The biggest blessing was learning more in the first three months of work than I did in my five years studying optometry.
The daily grind of driving eventually took a toll on me, spending at least ten hours a week on the road. I constantly felt tired and I did not have a great work-life balance. I also found work life was becoming too repetitive and I was getting bored. I was ready to try something different in 2015 and step outside of the corporate world of optometry. I was very fortunate that a job opportunity pretty much fell in my lap few months later. A friend of my husband’s was expecting a baby in early 2016. I was offered a part-time position for twelve months in Logan in a private practice while she took maternity leave.
Since early 2016, I have been a contractor (locum) optometrist working at various practices. I generally work three days at Logan and Mondays at Specsavers still on the coast. I initially found transitioning from being a full-time employee to being contractor was a daunting especially regarding job security. A contractor gets paid a higher rate for work but can be terminated without notice.
Overall, I have enjoyed being a contractor and have rarely been short of work. I love working with a small team of ladies in Logan and having so much more time with my patients. I also love getting home an hour earlier each day! I definitely feel I have a much better work-life balance and have more flexibility to travel and take leave when required. The thing I love most is being seeing a wide range of patients in different practices. I am sure 2017 will bring more change!