Undergraduate trainees from Specsavers stores across Glasgow joined prospective Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students as they explored their career options at the university’s recent open day.

Thousands attended the day in the Hamish Wood Building in GCU’s vibrant city centre campus to discuss opportunities with everyone from former alumni to employers.

Exploring opportunities

The open day was targeted at fifth year pupils and their parents, to showcase the extensive range of courses the University has to offer. Specsavers staff were on hand to talk about the excellent career opportunities available to those wishing to study Optometry, Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Dispensing within GCU’s state-of-art vision centre.

Job prospects

Dave Quigley, store director for Glasgow Trongate, said: ‘Specsavers has employed a large number of talented undergraduates from GCU, specialising in careers such as optometry, ophthalmic dispensing.

‘The GCU open day is the perfect way to highlight the various courses on offer and the different career routes each one can provide. Our experienced staff chatted to prospective students and parents, answering questions on both the courses themselves and the benefits and day- to-day duties of working in the optometry industry.

‘For example, GCU is the only university in Scotland to offer a full-time Ophthalmic Dispensing programme in a recognised Centre of Excellence for Vision Sciences, and we at Specsavers are heavily involved in supporting the course, providing work experience and hands-on teaching throughout.’

Staff at the event also explained that every student we employ gets a work placement and 85%+ are offered a full time post upon qualification. Dave added: ‘We were delighted to be part of the event and help provide important information and insight to attendees.

‘Some of the pupils we met will become future employees, clinical and managerial colleagues. It's a programme that we're very proud of and it’s great to see undergraduate students being developed right the way through to very competent professionals.’

To find out more about the courses at GCU, visit http://www.gcu.ac.uk Or visit the Specsavers career page http://jobs.specsavers.co.uk/

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