“Led by outstanding and experienced mentors, Pathway is an exceptional opportunity for acquiring greater knowledge in finance, leadership and culture. The uniqueness of such a program which focuses on internal recruitment and personal development speaks volumes of Specsavers’ endeavour to put people first.”

 

“The Pathway Program could not be faulted, going into this I wouldn’t have thought I would be taking away as much as I have. This program has not only strengthened my business knowledge, understanding the brand, taught me to be a confident leader but has also showed me a lot about myself in a professional and personal way, which is not what I was expecting at all. In the process I have been able to build relationships with my fellow peers, which has resulted in a great network of industry professionals. In my opinion completing this program is essential if you are looking at becoming a partner, as you will walk away with a more knowledge and self-awareness than you could ever imagine a “Program” could provide.”

 

“So many of my peers have told me Pathway has transformed me into a completely different person! When I applied for the program, I anticipated a lot of commitment and was apprehensive about stepping outside my comfort zone. For any optometrists who want to step outside the consult room and discover their real potential, do Pathway. Whether you want to become a partner or just see where your Pathway journey will take you, it is such a great networking platform, and all the people you meet truly have Specsavers green blood! You discover all the things that make us and breaks us in this industry, and it challenges you to see the world through new eyes. In only a matter of months, I’ve taken on so much – my Specsavers story is only just beginning!”

 

“Specsavers Pathway program is a unique opportunity to develop your understanding of the business and to develop your skills to become the Director you want to be! Block by block you will learn strategies to be a better leader. If you work hard and listen harder, by graduation you will be extremely well prepared for the next chapter of your career, being a Director of Australia’s most exciting Optical Company! The trainers will leave no stone unturned to educate you in the most relevant aspects of your Pathway journey. Pathway will challenge you professionally and personally, you will need to re-examine your priorities and really focus on what sort of Director you want to be. You will have greater confidence in your own ability to manage staff effectively and to run a busy Optical practice. I won’t lie, the assessments are tough but really showcase how much you have learned and developed in such a short time”

 

“Wow, what an amazing roller coaster ride . I never anticipated how much I would learn about myself during my Pathway journey. Initially starting the program I was expecting to build and develop my skills, however it was overall more of an emotional experience in self awareness. I discovered more about myself, my leadership style, and moving forward what is required of me as the Director of Specsavers Dubbo. My pathway journey has changed my professional outlook and also my personal approach to life.

My advice for potential Pathway candidates would be:
– Start with an open mind
– Get to know yourself and be honest
– Don’t be afraid to share your emotions along the way
– Get ready for a life changing experience – Go For IT!!!”

Claire Gillham
“For me, Pathway was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I feel like I’ve grown personally and professionally and I have a much clearer understanding of what leadership really is.

I cannot fault the program, it was fantastic and finishing was very bitter sweet because we met so many wonderful people and I learnt so much. So thank you, very, very much to the Pathway faculty and the Training team for supporting me through this journey!”

Georgia Richards
“I recommend Pathway to anyone who wants to be a Partner. If you are considering becoming a Partner, discuss your aspirations with your Store Partners and see how you can take on a leadership role within your team if you are not doing that already. From an optometrist point of view, it’s vitally important that you think outside of the consulting room. You can’t just stay in your own room because a lot of important things happen out on the retail floor too.

So getting involved with the team, leading the team, developing and supporting your fellow team members outside of the consulting room would be a very good starting point as well as talking to your Partners about what your ambitions are.”

Dow James Vos

“To me, Pathway has changed my thinking and the way I act. As Danny [Ginsberg, Head of Training Asia Pac] said in the first module, when we finish the course, we would think, talk, and act differently. It has provided me with confidence and knowledge to be a good leader.”
John Chieng
“Pathway is a really good program, which monitors my progress and shows me what I’m doing in store that might not be as effective as it could be. Pathway really breaks things down into simple steps and is helping me reach my goal of becoming a Specsavers Partner.

“The Pathway culture session has been very helpful, and I’ve transmitted that knowledge to other senior members of the team — we can all work on our management and leadership skills.

“I now feel really comfortable when I take on a leadership role. I am quite lucky in the sense that although my store doesn’t have a Retail Partner, my Optometry Director is really supportive of everything that I do and understands what I’m trying to achieve.

“I did have some awareness of how the business works, but Pathway has certainly brought a new dimension to things. The most important (and comforting) thing that I now understand is that the Support Office and Retail Support Team really are there to support you — it’s a win-win situation!

“Pathway has made me a better employee, in the sense that it has made me more aware of what I am doing. I was doing a lot of things, but maybe not monitoring them as much I do now. Pathway’s been really good for feedback and understanding how to monitor systems and my personal contribution.

“We already have a solid relationship amongst the participating students and we get added support through the LinkedIn community page, it’s great to keep in touch and support each
other through our Pathway journey.”

 

“The uniqueness of such a program which focuses on internal recruitment and personal development speaks volumes of Specsavers’ endeavour to put people first.”
Andrew Simpson - Retail Partner, Specsavers Mount Barker, SA
“The Pathway Program could not be faulted, going into this I wouldn’t have thought I would be taking away as much as I have.”
Johnny Ho - Retail Partner, Specsavers Warringah Mall, NSW
“For any optometrists who want to step outside the consult room and discover their real potential, do Pathway.”
Emily Hsu - Optometrist, Specsavers Greensborough, VIC
“Block by block you will learn strategies to be a better leader.”
Shaun Thatcher - Retail Partner, Specsavers Melbourne CBD West & Specsavers Docklands, NSW
“My pathway journey has changed my professional outlook and also my personal approach to life.”
Claire Gillham - Retail Partner, Specsavers Dubbo, NSW
“I cannot fault the program, it was fantastic and finishing was very bitter sweet because we met so many wonderful people and I learnt so much.”
Georgia Richards - Retail Partner, Morphett Vale, SA
“I recommend Pathway to anyone who wants to be a Partner.”
Dow James Vos - Optometry Partner, Specsavers Kingston, Tasmania
“It has provided me with confidence and knowledge to be a good leader.”
John Chieng - Optometry Partner, Specsavers Bendigo, VIC
“The Pathway culture session has been very helpful, and I’ve transmitted that knowledge to other senior members of the team — we can all work on our management and leadership skills.”
Simon Bao - Dispensing Partner, Specsavers Leichhardt, NSW
ARA Retail Store Design Award 2016FCA Excellence in Marketing Award 2016Millward Brown Research No1 for eye testsBest Customer Service in NZ Optometry 2017Platinum - Best Talent Development Program 2017AITD Best Talent Development Program 2017Best Customer Service in NZ Optometry 2018Best Customer Service in AU Optometry 2018