In a nutshell: Working in the Research and Development (R&D) team as a product development technologist.
Why? "No day is the same. We work in a fast-paced environment with exciting challenges."
John McGlashan College, final year subjects: Biology, Physics, Statistics, Economics, English
University of Otago: Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Food Science
The sciences were my favorite subjects and they are still very relevant to the work I do now. Other subjects such as Maths and English were also great in building skills which I use in my job today.
Someone came to school to talk about careers in science. I liked the idea of going into food science – it seemed an interesting way to apply the science subjects I enjoyed. I also knew there were plenty of job opportunities in the New Zealand food industry.
During my third year at university I worked in a team of three on a year-long year project for a food manufacturer. We were given a brief and spent the rest of the year developing three new products. It was satisfying to be able to put classroom learning into a real world situation.
I help develop early life nutrition products. In my first 18 months of working for Danone I have had the opportunity to travel to some of our factories in Thailand and Indonesia. I also attended the World Dairy Summit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
One of the great things about working for an international company is that there are plenty of opportunities for overseas travel and work.
You need to pay attention to detail in this sort of job . Effective communication and team work are also critical skills to have on the job.
Posted August 2017
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