A local mum had her heart set on becoming a dispensing optician when her life was turned upside down – but thanks to her hard work and determination, and the support of the team at Specsavers Peterborough, her career dreams are back on track.

Mansura Rahemtulla was studying towards the role when her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour. With a six-month-old child to look after, and her husband to take care of too, she had no option but to drop out of her studies.

Recognising talent

Two years passed and, with her husband well on the way to recovery, Mansura decided it was time to get back to work. But with her son still young, she decided to seek a part-time role – and applied to join the team at Specsavers Peterborough.

Retail director Steve Emmingham recognised Mansura’s potential, and while she was initially employed as an optical assistant, she quickly rose up through the ranks.

Developing skills

Steve ended up creating a part-time supervisor role for her, and later – when she was ready to return to work full-time, she successfully applied to become assistant manager at the store – and, after completing her ILM3 management course, eventually became store manager.

She is now completing her Pathway training with Specsavers, which should lead to her eventually becoming a store director herself.

A word from Mansura

Mansura said: ‘I was determined to get back to some sort of normality, whatever that was. I was armed with positive thinking, determination and a can-do attitude, and Steve understood my circumstances and was very empathetic. I am grateful to be working for a company like Specsavers, which gives employees opportunities to be successful, to grow and fulfil their dreams.

The next step for me is to become a store director, where I can nurture and support individuals to get them to achieve their full potential – as my directors did for me. ’

A word from Steve

Steve said: ‘Mansura has been on a massive journey since she joined us, and we are delighted to have been able to support it – and share it with her.

‘We are really proud of everything she has achieved, and look forward to seeing what she does next.’

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