Hammill Prasawat from the Specsavers Bonnyrigg store in NSW shares his journey in his first 12 months into the two-year Specsavers Graduate Program.

“The graduate program has allowed me to transition from being a student to a graduate optometrist seamlessly,” says Hammill.

The program recognises the importance of a strong support network when graduates start their new career, ensuring young clinicians like Hammill have a smooth transition from student life to practising optometrist.

“Through its structured program and large support base from experienced mentor optometrists to the Graduate Optometry team, I have been able to develop my optometric skills at my own pace and establish myself as an independent clinician,” says Hammill.

As part of the Graduate Program, Specsavers partners provide graduates mentoring on a range of development opportunities, including continued education and business leadership training to successfully guiding new optometrists through the first two years of their careers.

“I feel supported every step of the way while working alongside an experienced mentor. It can be challenging but rewarding at the same time.

“The CPD events, courses and experiences throughout the graduate program has also enriched my journey and career at Specsavers,” adds Hammill.

Like any graduate entering their chosen career, being equipped with the necessary resources and training provides Specsavers graduates with the support they need to have a successful career.

“The first year presented a steep learning curve, providing a solid foundation to my career in optometry.

“It has allowed me to discover my passion and clinical area of interest by providing all the necessary tools for success,” adds Hammill.

Since completing his first year into the program, Hammill is thankful for the support he has received and embraces the next year and the learning and development that will come with it.

“Even with a year of experience, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow with my mentor. I’m excited and looking forward to another year of continuing my professional development.

“I am glad to have been supported throughout my first year of practice. Without the resources, mentoring and support provided within the graduate program, my professional and personal development would not have been extensive nor fulfilling,” adds Hammill.