Dormers Wells High School in Southall recently hosted its Winter Careers Conference, where Year 9 and 10 pupils and 6th Formers engaged with businesses from across the Borough of Ealing.
Supported by Specsavers in Harrow Weald, the event provided students with a valuable opportunity to explore a diverse range of professions.
Specsavers Harrow Weald played a crucial role in the conference, offering insights into various job roles within the organisation. The store’s staff were available to discuss eye health and hearing, addressing questions from students and imparting knowledge about caring for their eyes and ears.
Organised by Ealing Connexions, a team working directly for Ealing Council and comprised of Careers Advisers stationed in schools across the borough, the event facilitated direct interactions between students and businesses. Pupils, aged 14 to 18, engaged in conversations to gain insights into different career paths.
Deepali Poojara, a Dispensing Optician with over two years of experience at Specsavers Harrow Weald, shared her perspectives on the event. She said, “It was a really buzzy morning, and I was delighted to support the Conference, the Connexions team and meet so many pupils who were so positive and keen.
“Many of them asked me about Specsavers and what it’s like to work for such an iconic high street brand. I explained that as an organisation we are incredibly supportive of staff development and career progression, with a focus on encouraging everyone to realise their potential.”
Throughout the morning, students had the opportunity to interact with the store team, asking insightful questions and learning about eye and ear health. The discussion covered various diagnostic tests conducted during a sight test, including the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a hospital-grade technology capable of detecting certain eye conditions up to four years ahead of standard eye tests.
As a token of appreciation, students received goody bags containing informational leaflets on eyecare, contact lenses, and hearing. The bags also included guidance on protecting eyes and ears, allowing students to share their newfound knowledge with friends and family.