Optical Assistant Apprenticeship – Gabriel’s Story
Going from education into the career that’s right for you isn’t always straightforward, and an apprenticeship can be a great first step.
It’s a real job at Boots, based either at our Nottingham Support Office or in our stores, where you’ll experience real roles, get a salary and also the training and support you need to develop your skills.
As Apprentice Optical Consultant Gabriel’s story shows, sometimes being enthusiastic and ready to give new things a try can open the door to a fantastic career opportunity.
I started here as a Christmas Temp in retail aged 17 and could never have predicted that five years later I’d still be with the company, on a Boots apprenticeship in a career I’m really excited about.
After that first Christmas I was kept on to work weekends, and stayed with Boots when I went to university, moving to Sheffield. While I was there I specialised in photo. I was trained to create photo albums and run maintenance checks and I even ran the lab every Sunday.
What I’ve appreciated is that there has always been loads of opportunities open to me, and the support to progress in any direction I’ve wanted.
My colleagues are incredible; they’re always willing to share knowledge and help me along. In fact it was a colleague who told me about this Boots Opticians apprenticeship! I think they’ve always valued how I interact with customers and working in customer service is all about how you make people feel after all.
Just like when you’re helping someone choose glasses, especially if they’ve never worn them before and they’re feeling nervous – you need to put them at ease and make them feel comfortable and confident.
I’m six months in to my optician apprenticeship now and I’ve already learnt loads of new skills and am starting to really build up my knowledge. I’ve had training days in other practices, even opportunities at head office, and I’ve got my sights set firmly on a career in Optics here at Boots.
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