Assistant Process Technologist, Kensey Foods
"Keep positive, it is only two years! The content is a valuable tool in the development within the food industry."
Certificate of Higher Education in Food Safety and Food Legislation, 2014
How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?
After years of working part-time in catering and being a mum, I have now returned to work full-time. This opportunity has arisen with the knowledge built at university and confidence achieved over the duration of the course, along with years of experience in catering. I have taken on a new role in food processing, which is responsible for developing new bakery products. These fresh desserts and cakes are sold in our big named supermarkets throughout the country.
What is the best thing about the job you are doing now?
Seeing how the first trial of a new product progresses, and then seeing that product on the shelf of the supermarket (knowing just what is involved to get it there).
Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?
I originally wanted to progress in Environmental Health working as a food technician within the Local Authorities. There have been many cut backs in the south west and employment in this area of work is minimal.
What were the best points of your course and the University?
It was great to discuss current issues with our lecturers, and meet like-minded students. The University has a lovely atmosphere around the campus with its iconic clock tower and grounds. There is also plenty of amenities on site and public transport is readily available.
What advice would you give to current students studying on the course?
Keep positive, it is only two years! The content is a valuable tool in your development within the food industry. If you don't understand any of the coursework don't be frightened to seek help. Yes it is a pain to leave the family and travel half way across the country to the University, but I saw this as a little escape from the real world. I enjoyed meeting up with other students for a drink and catching up with some retail shopping around the Bullring. In other words make the most of it as it will soon pass.
Make sure you read the recommended reading as this forms the basis for most of the coursework, the reading can be obtained from the main library and is often available for a long loan.
Some lectures will be more interesting than others, but just try to stick with them. It will all be worth it in the end.
How did you grow as a person by studying at the University? Did it change your life in any way?
My confidence has grown, I feel comfortable travelling on my own and dealing with new situations. It has given me a thirst for knowledge and better capital prospects.