A Barry woman who started working at a local opticians when she was still in school has qualified as a dispensing optician.
Amanda Brown, aged 25, recently completed the three-year course while also working at Specsavers on Holton Road, enabling her to advise customers on the most suitable glasses for them and support with the fitting, adjusting and repairing of frames.
The qualification marks the next step up the career ladder for Ms Brown, who joined the store aged 16. She was initially a part-time member of staff before taking a full-time optical assistant role.
She says: ‘When I started at Specsavers I was just a teenager – I knew very little about optical care or where I wanted to go with my career. The team were really accommodating and, as soon as I finished school, suggested I stay on, and I haven’t looked back since. When I opted to take on the dispensing optician course there was a lot of work, but my colleagues and managers were supportive throughout – I couldn’t have done it without them.
‘I’m looking forward to what the future will bring and my next career step in the store, whatever it may be.’
Jamie Pullen, director at Specsavers in Barry, adds: ‘Amanda represents the hard-working and dedicated ethos we have for all members of staff in the store. She joined with a maturity ahead of her years and has already shown plenty of drive to get to where she has today.
‘I have no doubt she will continue on this positive path and further progress in her career. Whatever she chooses to do, we will be happy to support her wherever we can.’