Meet Marc, Senior Manager in PR & Social, from Graduate to Senior Manager

Please introduce yourself and tell me your current role

I’m Marc Breton and I currently work in the PR & Social team as a Senior Manager.

What was your background before joining Specsavers?

I came straight to Specsavers after studying a degree in photography at the University of Portsmouth.

Tell me a little bit about your journey at Specsavers?

After university I applied for the graduate scheme (that was being run at the time) and spent a few years working my way round various departments. This included a month in store, as well as placements in group services, retail, marketing, internal comms and PR. After the graduate scheme I worked in local marketing for a year before being able to secure a permanent role in the PR team. Over the years I have worked on some amazing campaigns, projects and events.

How did Specsavers help and support your development?

I’ve been given lots of opportunities to develop my skills and I achieved Student of the Year back in 2013 for my CIPR Advanced Certificate Qualification. I’ve also been able to study for Prince2 and I’m now working towards a Mini MBA in Brand Management.

What have you learnt during your time at Specsavers?

There is so much I could say here, as I’ve been exposed to so many areas/opportunities. I feel that my negotiation skills and knowledge around contracts has vastly improved (which also helps outside of work), as well as being able to adapt – when new campaigns and projects take you out of your comfort zone.

What would you say to encourage someone thinking about applying?

Go for it, this a great company to work for and there are numerous business areas for people to hone their skills in.

Why do you love working at Specsavers?

I get to work with some amazing colleagues – we work hard but are great at supporting each other.

What one word would you use to describe the Specsavers culture?

Friendly – I’ve met the best people over my 15 years at Specsavers.

Finally, tell us a little bit about yourself outside of work

I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit a lot of fab destinations around the world. The next place on my bucket list would be Japan, as I’ve always wanted to go and explore that beautiful country.

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