Not many other businesses will pay you a salary for a year, and invest so much time in training you, in order to set you up for success. Specsavers genuinely cares about the journey and future success of its Partners and PIDs
What are the best things about the role?
I decided to make the career switch to Specsavers for two main reasons: the opportunity to own my own business, and because of the extremely strong and successful business model that Specsavers provides.
I started working in retail management straight out of University because I love working with, and developing, people – and the fact that no two days are ever the same! As a leader in retail, you have to utilise a wide range of skills and you are forever benefiting from new experiences and challenges.
How have you developed?
I was lucky enough to spend my first 6 months at Specsavers with David, Paul and the team at the Werribee store, where I learnt all about how a Specsavers store should operate. The PID program is designed in a way that allows you to learn about optometry and dispensing (if you’re like me, with absolutely zero prior experience!) as well as learn about the day-to-day running of the store from your host partners and fellow team members out on the shop floor. The Directors and team at Werribee were very supportive and their store was a great environment to learn in.
One challenge I faced was going from being a store manager of 5 years, to going back to being a regular team member. However I found that this allowed me to literally learn from the ground up, and provided the perfect opportunity for me to simply focus on my own development, whilst still helping the store achieve their targets where I could.
What is the Partner In Development (PID) Program?
The program provides PIDs with an unrivalled opportunity to own their own successful business. The training and support provided to all the team at Specsavers – not just PIDs – is genuinely the best I have experienced, but you will still need to have the drive, passion and ability to step out of your comfort zone in order to make the most of this opportunity.
Having not worked in the industry before, there were the obvious challenges involved in learning just the basics about eyes, glasses and even how private health insurance works! However with the training and in-store help, combined with a bit of hard work, it does not take too long to get your head around things.
Why would you recommend a career at Specsavers?
I have recently agreed to go into partnership at the Greensborough (VIC) store. Owning a store is certainly a long-term investment, and a very exciting opportunity – I personally see myself here at Greensborough for at least the next 10-15 years.
I am extremely thankful for the chance to go on the program, and to buy into a store of my own, all within the space of twelve months. Not many other businesses will pay you a salary for a year, and invest so much time in training you, in order to set you up for success. Specsavers genuinely cares about the journey and future success of its Partners and PIDs. My time learning at the Werribee store, alongside Directors and a team that are clearly very passionate in the way they go about things, was an absolutely key component of my development and has really set me up for the chance at future success. For those looking for the chance to own their own business then I could not recommend the Specsavers PID program highly enough.”