Specsavers Grad Team ‘hit the road’

The Specsavers Graduate Recruitment Team has been busy hosting their annual Specsavers Information Evenings across ANZ over this past month. The Information Evenings are the first major intervention that the team have with final year Optometry students, and is a chance to showcase what Specsavers can offer to these students for their graduate career. While the team always looks forward to meeting and starting to build those great relationships with our students at these events, it was safest to adopt a virtual format for some of our Universities. They were, however, lucky enough to be able to host the University

By |31 March 2021|News, Students|

5 tips for your first year as a graduate optometrist

As our 2021 graduates start their careers in store, optometrist Emma Ingram shares some words of wisdom for surviving and thriving in your first year of work.  Finishing your last exam and getting your degree are huge and exhilarating milestones. It only gets better when you start taking patients in and using all of those skills you learned at university. It’s not all easy going adjusting to this massive life change, in fact, it can be really stressful trying to juggle a new role in a new place with new colleagues. Here are five tips that can give you more

By |11 February 2021|Students|

My first year as a graduate

Alger Yeo is a second-year graduate optometrist. He studied at the Queensland University of Technology and is now working at Specsavers Riverton, WA.  After graduating from university, my journey as a new graduate started in Perth. As an international student from Singapore who studied in Australia, I did not have much trouble settling down in Perth as I was used to being away from home. However, just like my other fellow new graduates, I was anxious about seeing my first patient in Specsavers Riverton. I vividly remembered struggling during my very first consultation, juggling between managing my rusty communication and clinical skills

By |11 February 2021|Students|

Starting your graduate year during COVID

Ishita (Ish) Srivastava graduated from a Flinders University with a Masters in Optometry before moving to Mount Gambier in South Australia to start her career as an optometrist. In this blog, she shares her experience of regional life and the breadth of clinical experience it offers. In her second blog, Ish shares her experiences of starting her career during a global pandemic.  2020 has been quite a year with all the challenges it has thrown at us! COVID-19 has brought lots of changes and we have all had to adapt accordingly. Prior to the pandemic, I had only been working for

By |28 October 2020|Students|

Facing challenges with helping hands

Early career optometrist Richard Cheng works at Specsavers Nowra Stockland in New South Wales and graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Master of Clinical Optometry in 2019. In his second blog, Richard looks at the challenges and opportunities of his first year of practice.  Your graduate year is full of firsts – from starting in a new workplace, and in my case, living in a new town. Luckily, I have the opportunity to work among an extremely large team across two stores in Nowra. This means I’ve been able to w connect with a large group

By |15 October 2020|News, Students|

Imposter syndrome as a graduate

Emma Ingram began her career with Specsavers in 2014 as an optical assistant in Bendigo and later Waurn Ponds while completing her optometry degree. She graduated from Deakin University in 2019 and has returned back to Bendigo to enjoy regional practice at Specsavers Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat. In this blog, she discusses imposter syndrome and how you can overcome it.  Confidence can be elusive at the best of times, but when starting something new (like being a graduate optometrist!) it can be harder to find than Schwalbe’s line on gonioscopy. I graduated last year and have found the situations I’ve

By |28 July 2020|Students|

Specsavers graduates begin planning in-store development projects

Early-career optometrists entering their second and final year of the Specsavers Graduate Program were recently introduced to the ‘Year Two Project’ – an opportunity to apply their new learnings, develop their skills and explore areas of professional interest in-store. Accompanied by their mentors (typically, their store partners), the graduates attended one of six workshops held across Australia and New Zealand from 6 to 22 May, where members of the Specsavers Graduate team outlined the purpose and finer details of the Year Two Project. “The Year Two Project provides graduates with the opportunity to implement a project initiative in-store for the

By |31 May 2019|Students|

Optometrists and students bond over mini-golf and bowling

Early-career optometrists and optometry students strengthened their personal and professional networks during two Specsavers social events that took place in April. A number of first-year and second-year Specsavers graduate optometrists, Graduate Program alumni and clinical placement students met at Holey Moley in Adelaide on the evening of 8 April to enjoy a round of mini-golf. Joined by members of the Specsavers Graduate and Retail Support teams, the 16 attendees got to know each other as they navigated the fun, themed golf courses, with conversations continuing over pizza and drinks afterwards. A similar social event was held the following week on

By |29 April 2019|Students|

Workshop helps to further graduates’ mentorship and development

First-year graduate optometrists recently regrouped for the second touchpoint in the Specsavers Graduate Program, the Graduate Mentor and Mentee Workshop, where they shared their achievements and challenges with their peers, plotted out their future development with their mentors, and gained insight into their preferred working styles. Six one-day Graduate Mentor and Mentee Workshops took place from 1 to 17 April across Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Auckland, Melbourne and Perth. In total, the events were attended by more than 240 people, almost half of whom were graduate optometrists. The other half comprised the graduates’ mentors (typically, their store partner) and other key

By |17 April 2019|Students|

Specsavers Graduate Program shatters two records

In welcoming a record-high number of graduate optometrists to the business in a three-day induction, Specsavers Australia & New Zealand has broken another record, with the largest cohort of graduate optometrists involved in the two-year Specsavers Graduate Program at any one time. One hundred and fifty-two graduates recently commenced their career with Specsavers – representing a 50 per cent increase on the previous year – and almost 130 attended the Graduate Induction event held in Melbourne from 18 to 20 February. Historically, the Induction has been held at Specsavers’ Port Melbourne-based Support Office, however, this year, due to the volume

By |28 February 2019|Students|
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