Amy Giang’s passion for eyecare stemmed as a child when she received her first pair of glasses on her 12th birthday, and she has been interested in eyes ever since.
Amy was an optometrist in private practice for just over five years before moving to the Specsavers Collins Street store (Melbourne CBD West).
After four years, Amy started looking at how she could change direction in her optometry career while still being part of improving the delivery of eye health services. She is passionate about working on projects that make a difference to eyecare in Australia and New Zealand.
Amy decided to move away from the test room and into Specsavers Support Office where she has access to high level resources and data.
“I wanted a different challenge in my career and transitioned to the Optometry Development Consultant for Clinical Systems in the Support Office. I knew my knowledge and skills were transferrable, and I’d have a much larger impact across the ANZ region,” says Amy.
One year on, Amy is applying her skills and enjoying making a difference in a new way.
“I wanted to challenge myself in a role that applies my clinical skills and knowledge differently. It’s exciting being part of the Clinical Systems team because I can contribute at a systems level to improve eye health outcomes nationally,” says Amy.
Amy works collaboratively to improve existing systems and implement new clinical technologies to support our partners, optometrists, and customers in-store.
“My day-to-day activities range from testing new clinical equipment, delivering improvements to our clinical practice management system, developing training and communications and meeting clients and global colleagues,” says Amy.
Although Amy decided to pivot in her career journey, it still came with much trepidation.
“It was not a simple decision to change my career path. I was most nervous about transitioning from clinic life to an office-based role,” says Amy.
Amy already had the skills to carry her into her new career, but she made herself familiar with Specsavers’ strategy to contribute and put a personal stamp on the role.
“I read the State of the Nation Eye Health Reports to understand Specsavers Transforming Eye Health Strategy. I’ve learned everything on the job, which has been a steep but enjoyable learning curve,” says Amy.
Motivated by being part of an innovative company that makes high-quality eye care accessible to everyone, Amy encourages others with the same passion to also backing themselves.
“For those looking for a change, I recommend taking a leap of faith. You never know where it could take you,” says Amy.