In a nutshell: Helping to formulate new products and working out cost savings in producing our line of food.
Why? "It's satisfying knowing that my work helps the company avoid unnecessary production costs."
High school in Indonesia, final year subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics, Statistics
Massey University - Palmerston North: Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours)
Earning: $45-50,000 starting salary
I enjoyed Chemistry and Maths at school. They gave me a good foundation for the work I do now and helped me to think more systematically.
My family is involved in the food industry which led to my interest in studying Food Technology.
I did three summer internships as part of my course requirements. I investigated enzymatic peeling of kiwifruit at Cedenco, in Whakatu, and savoury process flavours at Massey University and worked for Heinz Wattie's during my last summer.
Working life is so different to university. There's a lot of variety and team work here, and what we do relates to the real world.
During my final year of study I developed a new kind of tempeh which, if it is commercialised, will be a world first.
As well as saving money my work helps reduce waste, because instead of dumping ingredients not used in the factory I find a new use for them in another product.
In this job you need to be practical, willing to change the way things are done and communicate well with people.
Posted March 2014
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