We are pleased to introduce to you our store director, Ekta.
How long have you been with Specsavers?
I have been with Specsavers since the beginning of September 2004 which is actually when the Leighton Buzzard store was first opened for business. At that time I was the sole optometrist in the practice!
What made you go into optometry and what are your qualifications?
I always enjoyed the sciences and have always had a good understanding of the subjects. They were the classes that I enjoyed the most at school. Initially I thought I would go on to do something medicine related however one summer I had the opportunity to get some work experience with my uncle who is also an optometrist. It was at this point that I realised what I wanted to do with my life. It was in 2001 that I qualified and completed my pre-registration course at an independent opticians in London.
How has your life changed since qualifying in 2001?
Since qualifying I have been fortunate enough to not only join Specsavers, but also become the Director of two successful stores. I have gained an in depth knowledge and understanding of business and customer services whilst developing my clinical skills and professionalism.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Tanzania in Africa before my family and I moved to Kenya where there were better career prospects for my father who worked as a pharmacist. I first came to England to study as a private student and have remained here ever since!
What is your favourite part about the job?
My favourite part of the job is definitely the customers, particularly those regular customers who return when they are due an eye examination. It is extremely satisfying to know that a person has chosen to return for the services we provide as they have obviously been left feeling happy and satisfied after visiting the store.
Have you enjoyed your experience with Specsavers?
Specsavers have been a wonderful company to work for and I have really enjoyed the time I have spent as a part of it. I have certainly learnt and progressed a lot since joining Specsavers however there is no doubt in my mind that there is always more to learn in an evolving business. I am always looking forward to the next challenge as you never know what’s around the corner!