SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY

So what’s it really like to come to work at Specsavers?
Here’s what some of our people think about their life with us.

You learn something new everyday

Abby Hicks, Ophthalmic Director, Specsavers in Oxford

OUR VIEW

We’re really proud of our people – we’re as diverse as the patients who walk through the doors of our stores every day. You can see their stories here – and we hope you feel inspired to join us!

Abby Hicks

“It can be like being part of a big family when you’re a director – we’ve got 40 members of staff at the store. I like the flexibility and the security of this role, which is really important for me and my own family.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.

Alana Moore

“I didn’t realise how much reward I could get from doing a day-to- day eye test. When you give someone a pair of glasses for the first time and you see the difference that it makes to their life and their world it just doesn’t get tiring. It’s just a lovely feeling – you’re really changing people’s lives. When I was 15 I thought the technical side looked cool – but now I still get such a buzz out of helping people – that’s what still surprises me. I had a five year old recently who was finding it hard to read and write, and who had to take a dyslexia test. I found out that she needed glasses, and the difference it made to her at such a young age was so rewarding.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.

Rachel Chapman

“It’s a career that’s great if you want to help people, have opportunities to develop, earn good money, work full or part-time, have career breaks or study, and have the chance to shape the way that eye care is delivered. There’s such a wide choice of things that you can do.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.

Shak Hirani

“I love the fact that I’m not just doing optometry – being a director allows me to grow a team from scratch, and I get to see people grow their careers, while I get to learn how to run a business. The money is good – but it’s down to you. As a director, you’ll get a salary, but if you run your business well – which Specsavers allows you to do – you can have a very good income. But optometry offers unique opportunities because while you have to look at the retail side of things, that cannot exist without the care and the high level of service that you have to deliver.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.

Shane Abbas Bhimani

“It’s a good career because you can progress however you want – whether you’re clinical, commercial, customer-focused, or all three. You need to ask yourself what you want from a career. I knew that this would be a dynamic career that would give me different options, and that it would be customer focused but also retail and clinically focused. Once you qualify you have to get out there – university teaches you how to be a great optometrist but after that it’s up to you to get the skills to run your own business.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.

Pete Taylor

“One of the really exciting parts of the role for us now is that access to new technology means that we can secure better outcomes for patients. We can now look at the different layers of the retina, see what’s going on with the pathology there and diagnose conditions like glaucoma five or six years before it even becomes an issue for the patient.”

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We carry out 9 million eye tests every year in the UK in nearly 700 stores, and 24 million people visit us online every year.