Mikhaila Stephens, aged 28, the assistant manager at Specsavers in Brecon is marking her 10-year anniversary at the opticians.
Mikhaila started her career at the store as an optical assistant in 2006 and has since progressed in various roles such as store merchandiser before taking on a three-year distance learning degree in ophthalmic dispensing at Anglia Ruskin University, which has enabled her to become a dispensing optician.
‘When I started out as an optical assistant 10 years ago I never imagined I would progress in the way that I have,’ says Mikhaila.
‘I never really understood the varied career I could have in optics, but working alongside Clare and the team I’ve been able to open up so many doors and for this I am very grateful.’
Throughout her degree, Mikhaila studied alongside her day job and she was able to use her experience in optics to aid her practical assessments.
After her degree, she went on to complete an ILM management course, which has seen her further progress her career as she is now the store assistant manager as well as dispensing optician at Specsavers Brecon.
‘Committed to investing and training staff’
To mark her decade with Specsavers, store director Clare Corcoran and the team gave Mikhaila a watch to show their appreciation for her commitment to the business.
‘At Specsavers, we are committed to investing and training staff who want to build a career in optics,’ says Claire. ‘And Mikhaila is a great example of the benefits our career development programme can offer.
‘I’m really proud of Mikhaila and all that she has achieved in her last 10 years with us and I look forward to working with her for the next decade.’