Directors at Specsavers Elgin recently visited Elgin Academy to support employability workshops and showcase the pathways to pursuing a career in optometry.

This new careers programme developed by Specsavers is titled ‘A Career with a View’ and aims to inspire students to consider optometry as it tours the UK with an interactive workshop.

Peter Taylor and Alison MacPherson, store directors at Specsavers Elgin, lead group discussions and exercises exploring mock ethical and retail scenarios during the workshop. They were also on hand to answer any questions that the students had.

Exploring career options

Louise Iredale, Head of graduate recruitment and development at Specsavers, said: ‘Our aim was to promote the range of career options and pathways that are available within Specsavers. A great way to achieve this was to take the workplace into the classroom and engage with students interested in science and healthcare.

‘We did extensive research ahead of these roadshows and found that there was an appetite for technology. This was a great platform to showcase all of Specsavers cutting edge equipment and expertise in this field to inspire the students.

‘A Career with a View is being continually developed and is still in the pilot stage but our recent event at Elgin Academy was a great success.’

Showcasing all the Specsavers has to offer

Peter Taylor, store director of Specsavers in Elgin, said: ‘It was great to see the students engaged in the different elements of the workshop and contributing to the discussions.

‘I am delighted that Elgin was chosen as an area to roll out the careers programme and we could support the roadshow at our local academy. I think it’s a valuable resource to reach out to students and showcase all that Specsavers has to offer.’

Research undertaken following the pilot workshops found that 78% of students who took part said the activities made them consider their wider career options with 51% considering a career in optometry. The programme appears to have a bright future as all of the teachers involved said they would recommend the ‘A Career with a View’ to other schools.

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