Today our own clinical development coach, Charlotte Cook, is helping us celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Read our short interview with Charlotte below to learn more about how she built her way up to her current role and about some of the things that she experienced along the way.
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"After leaving school, I was offered a scholarship to attend Atlantic College in Wales and complete my international baccalaureate. It was a tough but brilliant experience that broadened my horizons and got me thinking about possible future career paths.
I then took a gap year and flew to Ecuador where I taught English grammar. This was another brilliant experience, and I was able to develop my Spanish language skills whilst I was there.
I was always interested in the medical side of things from a young age, however, optometry was not the only career path that I considered. I also considered medicine and veterinary science. The turning point for me was when after I became dependent on glasses, I was introduced to contact lenses and found that they genuinely improved my life!
I studied optometry at The University of Manchester. It was great to have the support of my lecturers at this time and to complete my pre-reg year within the university. I was also able to visit the Manchester eye hospital which was brilliant!"
(Charlotte was the only student in her class to complete their pre-reg year within the university!)