Regardless of career path, starting out in a new industry can be a stressful and overwhelming experience if your job search lacks direction. The food industry is no different due to its wide range of avenues and potential sectors to explore for a fresh new graduate.
Despite the popular public preconception that everyone who works within the food sector is a chef, you may be surprised to learn that the food industry has opportunities available for anyone from, scientists, production managers, packaging technologists, technical managers to sales executives just to name a few. It is easy to take the amount of work that goes into the food we eat every day for granted. There are thousands of people at work around the world ensuring that the food products we all know and love are safe, edible and ready to consume.
The food industry is truly rife with fantastic and rewarding opportunities for a whole range of candidates who display high levels of potential, determination and the correct skill set. A good place to start when assessing such is niche specific job boards and recruitment sites such as yourfoodjob.com/. This will then allow you to narrow down your search further dependent on which job category you want to explore more specifically.
Having conducted this process ourselves, below we have highlighted a few food industry opportunities that truly reflect the diversity of the career paths available.
Food Technologist– If you feel that you are best suited to Food Science Careers then a position as a Food Technologist could be the perfect fit. The position will usually require the candidate to have a food science degree, plus a couple of years’ experience within a similar role. To excel within the position as a Food Technologist hard work, good team working abilities and customer service attributes will all be required.
Packaging Technologist– If you have a creative mind and a keen eye for design then becoming a Packaging Technologist may make the most of your abilities. To be eligible for this role most companies will require the candidate to have at least 2 years’ experience within a similar role, a packaging qualification and a thorough understanding of the printing and manufacturing process.
Food Operations Graduate Scheme– Graduate schemes provide a priceless platform for young aspiring professionals to take their first steps upon the career ladder. For Graduates of business, manufacturing or engineering, a Food Operations Graduate Scheme could be just the opportunity to attain a successful and fruitful career. To apply candidates will usually require a 2:1 or higher.
About the author: Chris Algar writes on behalf of YourFoodJobs who are one of the UK’s leading recruitment websites for the food & beverage industry. With hundreds of opportunities live online each day; YourFoodJob.com is the perfect place to find opportunities and vacancies within the food profession.