Dr. Graham Berg speaks with the Health Careers ‘Cast, a podcast by The University of Waterloo’s Co-operative and Experiential Education department. Dr. Berg is originally from a small town in Saskatchewan and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan. After, he studied to become an Optometrist at the University of Waterloo and completed an MBA.
3:00 – Dr. Berg talks about his decision to go into Optometry
8:00 – Career paths are rarely linear
9:00 – Dr. Berg talks about his many roles surrounding patient care
10:30 – The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Optometry
13:15 – Dr. Berg’s special interests are pediatrics and ocular disease
15:45 – Why Dr. Berg completed his MBA
18:30 – Dr. Berg’s role in research and working with Ophthalmologists
20:00 – Dr. Berg talks about what he finds the most exciting part of work: helping people progress to a better place
21:45 – Dr. Berg talks about his biggest challenge: staying neutral with people when they are upset
23:45 – What Dr. Berg would have done differently: an area of study with more career flexibility
28:30 – University experiences that were valuable to Dr. Berg
32:15 – Dr. Berg talks about motivation
34:00 – How Dr. Berg takes care of his health: healthy eating, exercise, and close friends
35:45 – Book recommendation: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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