A message from our Managing Director:
Last week I received a mystery package from my mum, who’s living in Australia and who I haven’t seen in well over a year due to the pandemic. When I opened it up, I was presented with the canvas in the image below. ‘What a lovely gift’ was my first thought, but as I mounted it on the wall in my office, I realised there was much deeper meaning behind it.
Firstly, the image is one I took on a residential trip during my first year of university. It is from the top of Pen-y-ghent, one of the Yorkshire three peaks. Looking back at this trip, I realise how lucky I was to be at university at all.
As a teenager, my heart was set on playing professional rugby, until two knee reconstructions (or a lack of talent) prevented me from securing a first team contract. Following this disappointment, I chose to attend university. My degree was paramount in in my getting my fist interview with a recruitment company and ultimately landed me the career I’m in today. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that job, but unluckily for that company I was hired by a much larger international recruitment agency and won an award for being the top newcomer. This success didn’t come easily. It took a year, and endless hours of failure and learning to achieve it.
It was that international #recruitment agency who first introduced me to the ophthalmology industry. A few years on and I am now running my own recruitment company Vision Executives. I was only able to start this company because my dad, and business partner, loaned me the money to start up. Perhaps he identified a bit of potential in me, particularly after the abysmal year 2020 had been for the recruitment industry.
As the first quarter of my business comes to a close, I can look back at how fantastic it has been and at some of the great candidates I have helped secure exciting new jobs for. Perhaps, like me, their potential would have been overlooked had Vision Executives not been there to help them.
Eventually everything comes full circle. I am currently planning which eyecare charity Vision Executives are going to raise money for this #WorldSightDay, coincidentally by climbing the three peaks which, of course, includes Pen-y-ghent, the mountain from the canvas. It is strange how everything works out in the end, but I think my mum may have just come up with our new company slogan: ‘Vision is the ability to see potential in what others overlook’.
James Pickering is our Managing Director and an eye care recruitment expert who has developed an extensive client base and candidate network. He regularly writes articles about industry developments and has received numerous recommendations from industry leaders. You can also connect with James on LinkedIn to stay up to date on the latest eye care news.