A young Torquay woman has qualified as a dispensing optician following three years of sponsorship by a local opticians.

Juggling her work

Monelle Williams juggled a full time job at Specsavers Torquay with a dispensing optician course at ABDO college, funded by the store – and it wasn’t an easy journey.

Monelle says: ‘I remember thinking, “I don’t know how I’m going to do this!” during my lecture of the course, surrounded by strangers who all seemed to understand what the lecturer was talking about. It was at that moment when I realised I had a lot of learning to do!

‘But three years later, after lots of late night studying, essay and assignment writing and (I confess) a fair few temper tantrums, I am now the proud owner of my new qualification.’

Support from colleagues and peers

Monelle studied away from college for the duration of her course whilst working at Specsavers. ‘Distance learning can sometimes leave you feeling isolated and abandoned, but having the full support from the college, work colleagues, fellow students and my friends and family gave me the support I needed to reach my end goal.

‘Looking back, I can honestly say the hardships encountered during my combined degree and diploma were well worth it. Not only have my studies prepared me for the position and responsibilities of a DO, they have set my life on a new career path.’

Specsavers Torquay store director, Simon Simmonds says: ‘I am immensely proud of Monelle for her commitment and dedication in completing the course. She is a great asset to the team and customers are very fond of her. I expect her to wow them with her new sense of professionalism!’

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