Michael Simpson is an optical dispenser, helping you see clearly and making you look good. He took the first steps on his career path through the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing at RMIT.
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
I was able to turn my very first work placement into an ongoing employment opportunity by applying my knowledge to practice.
Optical dispensing is a challenging and interesting field because it combines a couple of different areas you might not think go together, like hard science and retail, both of which are interests of mine, and even a little bit of fashion.
With RMIT being about the only University around to offer an optical dispensing program, I didn’t have a lot of choice where I studied, but I’m really happy with where I wound up. RMIT has been teaching optical dispensing for over 40 years and you can see that experience when you study here.
Although there’s a big emphasis on the science behind optics, there’s a lot of time put into the work skills you’ll need as well. From business management techniques to how to work well with customers from different backgrounds, you’re really prepared to leave the classroom and enter the workplace.
It’s been especially good for me as I was able to turn my very first work placement into an ongoing employment opportunity. I’ve also joined the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association, which is great because you get updated information within the current industry and it’s free for students!
I’d love to own my own store one day or potentially move into the sales rep business for a major company and travel interstate as part of my work visiting various practices and giving them the best possible product!
I love what I do because helping people see clearly is truly an amazing thing!