Primary Eye Care Associates - July/August 2019

INSIGHT ON EYESIGHT WWW.WEHELPCHICAGOSEE.COM / 773-788-6974 / JULY–AUGUST 2019

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY SUMMER JOBS GROWING UP From Soda Bottles to Eyewear

Just because school is out doesn’t mean students have to stop learning. Many high school and college students work from the time school is out until the next school year starts. Some students are fortunate enough to get to work or intern in their desired career field, while other students just take whatever job gives them a paycheck. Whatever the case, any work experience has value if you’re willing to seek it out. I got my first job when I was 14, sorting glass bottles for recycling. I sorted thousands of bottles by brand and producer into wooden crates. The sheer number of bottles was daunting, and the work was monotonous, but I was honestly happy to be working. It was an opportunity to prove to my manager I could handle responsibility during the summer and balance it with my schoolwork when fall rolled around. To make the work go faster, I came up with my own organizational system for getting the bottles in their correct crates. Work that had previously taken a week only took me two three-hour shifts, so my manager was impressed. I got more hours, more responsibility, and I was eventually promoted. This job taught me that sometimes a menial job belies opportunities to learn and grow. I became a grocery store clerk after my promotion, if you can believe it, in charge of the soda aisle. When customers asked

me where an item was, I helped them find products by taking them directly to the isle and the shelf it was located on. Giving more in service value than I received in my paycheck is what has always opened the doors of opportunities consistently in my life and continues to.

to my time at Mr. Grocer’s, but it’s a constant learning journey. I’m always learning to be a better leader for my team and patients. My customer service experience at the grocery store paid off, and soon I was a pharmacist’s assistant. I also began volunteering at an eye doctor’s office around that time. I discovered I had a passion for working with patients, and the rest of my career path is history. Whatever the job, I always tell my kids there are opportunities to learn in every position. I was fortunate that my job at the grocery store ended up as part of a direct route to my current career, but, even if a job isn’t a part of a student’s desired career path, there are still countless reasons to be grateful for any opportunity to work. Summer jobs give students a sneak peak into the working world they will soon be a part of, not to mention provide them with a paycheck. I wasn’t always a doctor. I worked, learned, and grew from the work experiences I had growing up, and they all contributed to where I am today.

SUMMER JOBS GIVE STUDENTS A SNEAK PEAK INTO

THE WORKING WORLD THEY

WILL SOON BE A PART OF, NOT TO MENTION PROVIDE THEM WITH A PAYCHECK.

Before too long, I was promoted again to a management position. My first leadership experience came with the added challenge of managing employees who were all older than I was. Thinking of my team as a sports team, with me as their captain, helped me wrap my head around the responsibility and make it more fun. I have 14 people working with me at Primary Eye Care Associates right now, and I see how the roots of my leadership skills are connected

Until next time, Eye’ll see you then!

–Steven Chander

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