Specsavers has welcomed it’s largest cohort of graduates, with 173 young optometrists joining the group since last September.
Of the 173 graduates, 116 attended a three day graduate induction event hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in late February. The other 57 graduates attended a similar event upon commencing with Specsavers late last year.
Small workshops… were a highlight for the graduates as they provided opportunities to acquire in-depth information on topics highly relevant to clinical practice
Running over three days, the graduate induction is the first event in a two-year Graduate Program offered by Specsavers. The program, which is built around three areas: continuing education and professional development; commercial and inter-professional perspectives and formal feedback, aims to provide graduates with the clinical and commercial knowledge and skills they need. It is delivered through workshops, online programs, visitation programs, case studies, presentations, development meetings and clinical skills training and seminars.
This year’s Graduate Induction event provided information about Specsavers vision and values, and the business, as well as topics that included professional development and conduct, and an overview of eye health stakeholders such as RANZCO, Glaucoma Australia, Diabetes Australia, government, and the technology available in-store.
Small workshops, facilitated by a range of Specsavers specialists, provided opportunities to discuss topics including professional communication, therapeutics, Medicare, contact lenses and ophthalmic lenses. These were a highlight for the graduates as they provided opportunities to acquire in-depth information on topics highly relevant to clinical practice.
A range of social occasions, including dinners and a welcome event, provided plenty of opportunities for the graduates to connect with peers from across Australia and New Zealand.