Baljit Kaur was just 16-years-old when she first started working in the optical industry, and 22 when she got her first role with Specsavers. Fast forward 30 plus years and she’s now jointly running the busy city centre store on Belgrave Gate with her fellow store directors, Dishpal Gawera and Owen Clarke.
Baljit spent her first ten years with Specsavers at the Birmingham New Street store. She worked part-time, alongside bringing up her three young children as well as working an additional part-time role in a bank. As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge, Baljit who has always been keen to develop herself, also found the time to complete a part-time MBA in business administration.
Having done the necessary optical training alongside her MBA, in 2005 Baljit had the opportunity to become a director at the Milton Keynes store. She spent nine happy years there before moving to the Leicester store - prompted by a reduced work commute - to take up her current role overseeing the 52 strong team.
She’s just received her 15 years’ long service certificate to celebrate her time as a store director.
A word from the store director
‘I don’t view what I do as work - I love it.’ says Baljit. ‘I even call Specsavers my other family.
‘I’ve always admired the company’s founder Mary and Doug Perkins and adopted their work ethic, striving to do the very best and giving back as much as I can. I think that’s rubbed off on our team too.
‘Of course, no role is ever plain sailing and the last few months have certainly been challenging. But it’s helped to demonstrate what a loyal and dedicated team we have and has taught us how we can adapt and continually improve to meet the needs of our customers. I’m confident that we will all get through this together and I look forward to many more years here.’