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Has/is anyone worked/working at Specsavers? As a receptionist or optical assistant? I'm interested in working there, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me how it is? How is the pay?

Any info at all would be great
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Anyone at all?
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Hi, I applied for Boots Opticians who never replied. But have read since that some opticians prefer people who have experience. Even if you are only being a receptionist. Or maybe doing a degree or a levels to do with optometry. The pay is usually minimum wage or above.

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My mum used to work in Specsavers and she had no experience in that sort of thing at all.

It was years ago, so I don't know what the pay would be like now.
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Boots Opticians rule!! I work there part-time, I'm only 16 and I get 6.50 an hour, which is excellent. People are awesome and I'm learning loads as I get to mix with all sorts of people from university graduates to people who have worked all their life in different places. Loving my first job. I would recommend working at an opticians, the pay is good, and you get good experience! Don't know about Specsavers but they should be similar. It would depend though. Good Luck!
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My friends just got a job with specsavers although does not start tilll next week. I think the pay is around £5.60 not to sure and shes 19. I think it helped that she was studying for a degree.
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Hi I worked at specsavers for a couple of weeks. My pay was £5.50 an hour and I'm 20! I was an optical assistant so I helped people choose glasses, was training to do basic skills like measuring glasses fit etc. I really didn't like it as it was quite mundane but I had the oppurtunity to do a degree in optrics after working there a year.
Most people who I worked with loved it but I tend to prefer office environments
Godd luck if you apply
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I applied to Vision Express and Specsavers for an optical assistant job, but neither of them looked at me twice. They say 'experience is not not necessary as full training is given' but that's rubbish i think. They obviously took one look at my CV and binned it..

I need some experience before Sept but it's harder than i thought :|
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My friend used to work at Specsavers and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure what the pay was like, but when she started she did a two-day training course and the people she worked with were all supportive (she is visually impaired).
I worked at Vision Express for a few weeks, but hated it. Basically they didn't give me any training and on the first day just put me behind the counter and didn't tell me how to do anything. The other staff were always busy with other customers so I spent most of the time waiting for them to be free to ask them questions about what I was supposed to be doing. I left after I heard my boss saying not-very-nice things about me to another member of staff. I think if I'd known what I was doing it would have been a really good job - the things I did do I enjoyed, but the vibes I got of the other staff, especially the boss, weren't very nice so I found it really stressful.
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I worked for specsavers for 2 years and was an amazing job. The pay isnt great, about 5.50 an hour but its really interesting work. At first the tasks can be a bit boring - I did alot of merchandising and had to unpack 300 frames each week, number them and put them on display on in trays. Filling up stock wasnt fun - but the other bits were great. I did their training which was really interesting and now can do the job of a dispensing optician. Id deffinatly go for it. Its much better than an ordinary retail job and you loads of new skills - that can even lead to a degree if you so wish. Im now doing something completly different at uni - but its really good to know that I can get back to it whenever I want in the future.

All the best - and questions just ask
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Hi im currently working at specsavers and I started recently. Just wanted to know from those who are currently working there of previously worked there, did u find everything a bit confusing and difficult to begin with. Im finding it all a bit confusing...

Secondly, where did you do this training because I asked my boss whether they do training and she replied, the best training you will get is simply working in the practise...but I really think I could do with proper training. Did you find the training helped a lot?
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I've been working for Specsavers at weekends for about 6 months now, when I joined I didn't know the first thing about optics and yes, it is highly confusing to begin with.

The only advice I can give is just give every task a go, with time you'll gradually pick things up and rely on your colleagues less and less for help when you're dealing with people.
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I've been working at specsavers for a year now part time, its good cos I want to do medicine so it means i'm in a clinical setting. But specsavers is franchised, so it depends on your director. mine isn't that nice to me, they dont really want alot to do with me and spend lots of time making me give out leaflets which is really humiliating..but i love the job itself, i'm looking for a new job now, but i'd want to go for another specsavers job where the managers are nicer
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I worked with Specey as an optical assistant 4 years ago. I earned £8.10 per hour. Did not like the repetition so went back to my old workplace (another optician). People were nice thou.
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I get £13.75/hr as a locum OA at speccies😎
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i start at specsavers soon, but i dont what documents do you have to bring on the first of work?
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(Original post by mintaeni09)
i start at specsavers soon, but i dont what documents do you have to bring on the first of work?
Proof to work in UK (e.g., passport, visa), NI number and details of 2/3 previous employer/character references.

Wishing you all the best with the new job! Hope it goes well. If you need any further help, send me a private message.
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Hi, i am 17 years old and currently taking a gap year. I wanted to know if specsavers or any other similar stores have any job opportunities for me?
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I currently work there as an optical assistant, and I absolutely love It, you should definitely give it a go!
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I never realised that Specsavers have been around for 11 years!
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