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Experienced Opticians Sought to Assist Ophthalmic Dispensing Students

and Newly-Licensed Colleagues



Mentoring is a process in which a senior and more experienced professional assists the development of students or younger colleagues. The senior is called the mentor, who advises, counsels and guides a student or young professional to perform to the best of his or her abilities. The mentor also provides clarifications of doubts as they occur. The mentoring exercise is beneficial to both the practice and the person being mentored. 
Mentoring sessions hone and develop the latent skills and talents of the mentored. The mentor is one who has vast knowledge and experience on the job and in the profession. The mentor cultivates the performance of the student or young professional. He or she coaches the student or young professional on the technical requirements of the job, the policies and practices of the practice and on interpersonal skills. Because the mentor is supportive of the student or young
professional, the rapport and camaraderie between both of them is strong. 
By guiding and supporting students and young professionals, the mentor helps advance future careers. The hands-on training and one-on-one counseling of mentorship ensures that the future Optician will be equipped to take on the roles, duties and higher responsibility in the profession.


  • Highlight the rewards and challenges of mentorship
  • Motivate experienced Opticians to mentor novice Opticians and students
  • Present helpful tools and strategies to address challenges, change into rewards
  • Identify successful and rewarding mentoring relationship
NYSSO is seeking experienced Opticians who are willing to offer their time

and talents to assist the future of our profession.


  • Be available to speak with Ophthalmic Dispensing Students and newly-licensed Opticians
  • Allowing Ophthalmic Dispensing students and newly-licensed Opticians to visit your practice or sponsor a field experience
  • Joining a NYSSO School Visit Team and meeting Ophthalmic Dispensing Students on campus
To become a Mentor, please complete the form below.



Contact NYSSO


Phone: 518-694-4581

Fax: 518-432-1712



136 Everett Road

Albany, NY 12205 

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