Give a description of a day in the life of a Food Science Student?
When you're studying Food Science there really are no two days the same- one day you could be in the kitchen during your confectionery module making jelly sweets and the next you could be in the lecture theatre studying biochemistry.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?
For anyone looking to study a Food-Related career I would say that there are so many ways to get your foot in the door. It's easy to be fooled into thinking that a degree is the be all and end all but there are so many opportunities from apprenticeships, volunteering and training courses that will kick start your food career.
What’s the best thing about your degree?
The best thing about my degree is how unique it is- with so many degrees the learning involves sitting in a lecture hall all day every day. A food science and technology degree combines hands-on practicals with informative lectures to give you the best of both worlds. It's really motivating to go into uni knowing that you will be creating something tasty the bakery or coming up close with food poisoning bacteria in the lab while your friends could be falling asleep during their fourth lecture of the day!
If you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you do the same / differently?
If I could start from the beginning I would definitely take more of the opportunities available to me throughout my education. My degree offers so many opportunities to learn and gain experience outside of university life whether that be in the form of trips, conferences, or competitions. There are so many ways to enhance your CV to make you stand out. I'm proud to say that I've been given the chance to be a Young Ambassador for the Institute of Food Science and Technology and now I'm a Tasty Careers Ambassador- I'm starting to grab opportunities more and I really see great results in my learning because of it.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
It is my dream that in five years time I will be working in New Product Development – I love the idea of creating a product and seeing it through from its first stages, right up until it's on the shelf. The great thing about the food industry is that there are so many options and such a variety of jobs – while this is the career I want to pursue at the moment, it's great to think that in five years I could be doing something completely different such as marketing or Health and safety. My lecturers always tell me “you will never get bored in the food industry” and they're right!
If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?
I was fortunate enough to know what career I wanted to pursue since the age of 14 and at 16 I didn't realise just how lucky that made me! I'd tell my 16 year old self to do as much as I could to familiarise myself with the food industry- whether that be through volunteering, work experience, reading or scrubbing up on my practical skills. Having knowledge and experience under your belt gives you such an advantage whether you are planning on studying or going straight into the work place.