From mid-life crisis to a successful second career
Turning crisis into opportunity
When Mr Loh Shen Yeow was in his forties, he made a bold decision after a chance visit to his friend’s optical retail shop, changing the course of his life. Defining that moment of his life as a mid-life crisis, Mr Loh left his sales job in a computer marketing company to pursue a brand new career. It was after a visit to his friend’s shop which made him consider a career shift to optometry as he could start his own business and use his sales experience to his benefit. Back then, Mr Loh had to start afresh as he had no knowledge in optometry. Luckily, there were plenty of learning opportunities at the polytechnics to aid him in entering the optical trade at that point of time.
Eleven years ago at the age of 47, Mr Loh officially became an optometrist after graduating with a Diploma in Optometry and currently practices in his own retail outlet.
The need for refresher training
As optometrists are required to reach a target of 50 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points for the renewal of practising certificates, Mr Loh had signed up and attended an NSA course “Primary Eye Care Workshop for Optometrists” by Singapore Polytechnic in early 2019.
“As we grow older, we tend to forget a lot of things, it’s great that there are such refresher courses around to help us,” Mr Loh said.
Albeit the short duration of the course, the lecturer provided real-life examples which gave him new insights and widened his outlook to optometry. Mr Loh shared that his existing skillsets such as detection and vision screening has improved after completing this course.
Picking up new skills
Believing it’s important to equip himself with well-rounded skillsets, Mr Loh has also obtained a Diploma in Business Administration, which he applies the knowledge learnt in his daily work too.
“If you don’t learn, you can’t keep up with conversations and times. It’s also good to continue learning to keep your mind active,” Mr Loh emphasised.
Asking about his plans after retirement, Mr Loh hopes to learn more and indulge himself in a wide variety of hobbies in the future. One of his retirement plans include becoming a writer himself! He is already in action to make this possible – by reading his children’s books such as Percy Jackson & the Olympians to improve his language skills. With his determination and resilience, we won’t be surprised if Mr Loh does publish his own book in the future!
**Special thanks to Mr Loh Shen Yeow who accepted our interview, we wish him all the very best in his lifelong learning journey.
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