Meet 29-year-old Katie Louise Blakely, senior manager at Specsavers in Ashington and Cramlington.
After leaving university, Katie had planned on joining the police. She started a job with Specsavers intending to only be there short-term. But, after being with the company for three years, she realised it was a job she loved, and the rest is history.
Katie will be celebrating her eight-year work anniversary this November with Specsavers.
What Katie loves about her job
Katie said, 'I enjoy the variety of the job role and being able to help people. When I first started at Specsavers I realised that optics gave me options for great career progression, and I haven't stopped learning since.'
'I love helping all our customers get the best products suited for them and seeing how spectacles and contact lenses can change their lives. I also like when I get to reward the team for all their hard work and achievements.'
Katie’s background and qualifications
Katie is fully qualified in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) and is currently undertaking training as a Contact Lens Optician. Katie also has a degree in English Language and a Masters in Forensic Linguistics.
Katie is a health and fitness fanatic, she loves to run and dance. In fact, she loves a challenge and recently completed her first marathon this year.
When she’s not working, or keeping fit, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, eating out, reading and listening to all sorts of music.