A Passion to Progress – Zara’s Career Story

Posted on June 06, 2019
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

Zara’s passion for optics sparked when she did work experience with Middlesbrough Specsavers while at college, “I absolutely loved it and I got some really good, hands-on experience from lab work to shadowing the Optometrist. I knew Specsavers was a
well-known company that offered a lot of progression, which is why I was so drawn to working there.”

Zara applied to do the BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing at Bradford college,
“it was a last-minute decision to go to university, but it was the best decision I’ve made.”
After qualifying as a Dispensing Optician, Zara worked for a year at Darlington Specsavers before deciding do the Contact Lens Conversion course in 2017, “I decided to move to Leicester and joined Loughborough Specsavers – I knew they had a good Contact Lens department and they were able to fund my course for me. I was excited about moving because I have family in Leicester and I really enjoy living here now.”

After two years of hard work, Zara found out in May this year that she had qualified as a Contact Lens Optician, “it felt like such a long wait for my results and I was so happy to finally find out that I had qualified! It’s been a tough journey and it’s a really challenging course, so it was probably the proudest moment of my career so far! Looking back, I have definitely grown so much in confidence and I’ve learnt that I can do something if I set my mind to it. Despite how much I might have doubted myself in the beginning, I’m much more confident in my abilities now and I’ve grown so much.”

Looking to the future, there are a number of routes Zara’s career could take, “I think I might look at the Optometrist conversion course next. It would mean doing a year long full-time progression course and a pre-reg year, so I’m going to give it a couple of years as a Contact Lens Optician first. But the thought of being a qualified Optometrist is really exciting! Becoming a Specsavers Director one day is also something I’ve considered and would look at later on in my career. I think it’s fantastic that it’s even an option for me in the future – another good thing about being part of Specsavers!”

Zara is a perfect example of the progression available at Specsavers and just how far you can go if you have the ambition, “Specsavers have supported me so much in my career. Every Director I’ve worked for has always pushed and guided me. That’s one of the great things about working for Specsavers, they want you to progress all the time and they always encourage you to work towards something.”

Finally, Zara’s advice to anyone considering a career with Specsavers is this: “Just go for it! There are so many routes you can go down and always something to work towards. Optical Assistants can complete the Cert 3 and 4 courses, then fast track onto the Dispensing Optician course. In the long term you can even become a Director of a Specsavers store yourself one day. If you’ve not had exposure to it before then definitely do some work experience, I found it so valuable when I was making a decision about what I wanted to do.”

Why not follow Zara’s advice and discover where your ambition could take you in a career with Specsavers?

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