Running my own business by the age of 27 with Specsavers

Posted in Partnership on October 27, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

Meet Adam Gordon - Optometry Partner

at Corstorphine, Edinburgh 

What was your background before joining Specsavers?
I’m originally from Co Down in Northern Ireland. After finishing my A-levels, I went on to study Optometry at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. Prior to my graduation in the Summer of 2011, it became obvious to me that Specsavers offered a very comprehensive and tailored graduate Optometrist scheme. Specsavers’ commitment to personal development encouraged me to look for a position with them.

Tell us a bit about your career journey at Specsavers?
In Summer 2011, I moved to Edinburgh and began my journey as a Pre-reg Optometrist with Specsavers in their Musselburgh branch. Throughout this difficult year, I was not only given a lot of support from my supervisor in store, but also from Specsavers as a whole through their comprehensive Pre-reg events in Glasgow and Birmingham.

I successfully completed my Pre-reg in Summer 2012 and moved to my new store at the Gyle centre in Edinburgh. Throughout my time here, I developed my clinical knowledge and started to explore career development opportunities within the company. Through discussions with my colleagues and Regional Support Managers, I decided to work towards developing my management and leadership skills - with a view to one day running my own Specsavers store. I successfully completed the Pathway development program in December 2015 and began looking for opportunities to open my own store. In January 2017, I opened my own store in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

How has Specsavers supported your development?
Specsavers have always supported me as an individual. From the early stages of my career, I had an ambition to run my own business and Specsavers supported me through every step of this process. As a company, the structures and programs in place for career development are phenomenal. Furthermore, the communication and support I received at a local and national level further added to the fantastic experience I had throughout my development to partnership.

What clinical advances have you seen lately?
Specsavers as a company like to stay ahead of the game. Recently, this has been demonstrated by the introduction of OCT to our stores nationwide. As an Optometrist, advances in technology and changes to the way we care for our patients is always something to be welcomed.

How are you driving forward optometry in your local community?
Since opening our doors earlier this year, we have been getting involved with the local community as much as possible. We have had a presence at a community fair with free giveaways and prizes. We have also been heavily involved in fundraising and charity efforts which benefit the local community. Community is key and as an Optometrist, I have a duty to drive awareness for the need of regular eye examinations.

Where do you think you have made real difference to someone's eye health?
At Specsavers, we are lucky enough to have a variety of clinical diagnostic tests and the best technology at our disposal. This enables us to consistently take the most accurate measurements required to give the best care possible to our patients.

In regards to training and developing yourself and your clinical teams - how do you manage to stay at the leading edge of your profession?
On a personal level, I ensure that I reserve time every week to keep up-to-date with any advancement in my profession. This is done through online study platforms and the dedicated 'iLearn' Specsavers portal. We also make sure to constantly have in-store training and send staff on various courses to further enhance their clinical knowledge.

What makes you most proud of your time at Specsavers so far?
I am most proud of being able to open my own business by the age of 27. From my first day of work as a graduate Optometrist, I have stayed true to the Specsavers values and embodied the key attributes needed to become a Specsavers Partner.

Describe the Specsavers culture in three words
Honesty, Integrity, Family.

What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers?
I would say that Specsavers is a fantastic company to work for. I have had a wonderful experience so far in my career and I cannot think of any other company that would have offered me this very honest and genuine opportunity. If you are willing to work hard and keep focused and true to the Specsavers core values, you have every chance of going far in your career with the company.

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