In a nutshell: Working as a research and development food technologist.
Why? "What I find rewarding about my job is enjoying what I do, I'm part of a hard working team that is committed to developing great products and I feel great at the end of the day, knowing that I've contributed to the product development process."
Edgewater College, final year subjects: Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, English, Food Technology
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Food Science
Earning: $45-50,000 starting salary
I enjoyed Food Technology at school but I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do until one day when a food technologist visited our Year 13 class as part of the Futureintech programme. His visit inspired me to do a degree majoring in Food Science.
My role involves researching and developing new products or new ingredients which can be used in place of others.
My work day can be quite varied. Sometimes I'm in the lab all day developing new formulations. Other days, I could be writing reports or on training courses.
I work within a team so interacting with other team members to seek more knowledge about upcoming projects and to share my ideas is an important part of my job.
In this job I've learnt how to work with a lot of people and I've developed effective communication skills. I think my role would suit somebody with a strong scientific background and a genuine passion for product development.
Updated September 2017
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