In a nutshell: Developing new ice cream flavours, and improving and optimising the current product range.
Why? "I really enjoy working in a great team environment. Research and development is full of learning opportunities, there's plenty of creativity, and I have the satisfaction of coming up with something that really works. Plus eating ice cream all day is a definite highlight!"
Palmerston North Girls' High School, final year subjects: Calculus, Chemistry, English, Physics, Technology
Massey University - Albany: Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours)
Since I liked Maths and Chemistry my careers adviser suggested Food Technology. Food will always need to be produced all around the world, so there are great job opportunities wherever you go.
While studying I worked in a pasta factory, an ice cream factory and a chicken factory, where I got to take home lots of free pasta, ice cream and chicken! These experiences were invaluable and helped me appreciate the role of every single worker in the factory, and the importance of open communication and equity in a workplace.
In the final years we worked in teams on projects from developing a dairy-free soft serve ice cream to improving quality systems at a packing company, developing freeze dried baby food and a healthy, organic, shelf-stable snack.
My day-to-day work involves running trials for different projects, where I'm trying to create a new ice cream flavour or improve and existing product. Depending on the nature of the project and task, I either work by myself or with the rest of the team. I spend a fair amount of time tasting the results of different projects, as well as participating in sensory testing of all the products we manufactured the previous day.
There are many opportunities to be creative and think outside the square.
The most exciting things about working in a team are how everyone naturally steps up to do their specialized work and how together we can produce something truly creative and innovative.
We have opportunities to make a difference to people's lives, for example, by making products that have natural colours and flavours or that are low in sugar or fat.
If you have passion for food, like the idea of creating new products and/or helping improve existing products, enjoy a challenge, love to problem-solve and enjoy working on a variety of different projects, then Food Technology is the pathway for you.
Posted July 2014
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