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Career Workshops and Events

New England College of Optometry provides several workshops and events throughout the year to connect current students with alumni and meet the career needs of students at the College.

Annual Career Symposium

The College hosts a career symposium for students, alumni, faculty, and residents. Sponsored by the Alumni Relations, Student Services,  Student Council, and American Optometric Student Association, this event offers participants the chance to attend workshops on interviewing, social media, and resume writing, and to share career advice, opportunities, and networking.

Practice Management Events 

Each year, students are invited to practice management events hosted by student clubs.   Lecturers include industry professionals, marketing and media executives, financial advisors and optometric industry professionals.

Graduate Strong

This Student Council event, sponsored by NECO’s Alumni Association is held annually during the third week of April.  Students throughout the program are encouraged to attend.  At the event, a panel discussion is presented by recent NECO graduates, offering current student real-time information on:

  • Licensing
  • Debt management
  • Practice management
  • Insurance

The format is a question and answer session followed by dinner and networking. In 2015, a separate Canadian version of the event was introduced to support our Canadian students. 

Dialogue Over Dinner

This program brings together our industry partners and students for dinner and lectures focused on practice management and communication. These informal programs provide an opportunity for students to hear from optometry, optometric equipment, and pharmaceutical representatives.

Dinner with ODs

This annual program takes place February through March and is sponsored by NECO’s Alumni Association in partnership with the NECO Private Practice (Student) Club (PPC) and the NECO Chapter of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA).  This program matches practicing NECO OD’s with approximately five students to meet for an informal dinner/discussion at local restaurants. Alumni provide advice and mentorship to current NECO students regarding the various modes of optometry practice today including, but not limited to private practice, VA settings, education, research, public health and government related jobs.