Food Matters Careers

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Inspiring the future of food and nutrition

Do you feel unsure about how to make important industry connections? Would you like to learn and gain insights from industry leaders who are changing the future of food, drink and nutrition? The new Food Matters Careers hub and student portal is here to help.

On this page, you can explore a wealth of resources that we have put together to help students and future talent like yourself to get ahead in the food, drink and nutrition industry – from insightful podcasts that you can listen to on the go to an inspiring new series of Food Matters Careers virtual networking events.

Connect with potential future employers

In October and November 2020, you will be able to attend an exciting series of Food Matters Careers virtual events, designed to connect students like yourself with potential future employers:

Food Matters Careers Virtual event - inspiring the future of food and nutrition

On 15 October 2020, join industry leaders from across the food, drink, and nutrition sector for 1-2-1 virtual meetings that could potentially help you land your dream job! Expert speakers from Waitrose, Bakkavor, Coca Cola European Partners, Kellogg Company and many more will also be in attendance. Student registration: £20+VAT/ ticket

Future-proofing the future of sustainable new product development – Virtual Event

Future-proofing the future of sustainable new product development – virtual event
On 24 November 2020, we will be running a virtual careers event focussing on new product development. If NPD is an area you see yourself working in after graduation, this event is for you!

Empowering tomorrow’s sustainable packaging designers – virtual event
Our virtual event on 25 November 2020 will focus on careers in sustainable packaging design, offering insights into where a career in this field can lead to and current opportunities.

Don’t miss out! Students who register for one of our Food Matters Careers virtual events will also receive a free Education Pass for Food Matters Live 2020 the virtual event.

Explore insightful video interviews with our industry experts

What I wish I knew when I started my career… Emma Weston, Associate Professor and Admissions Tutor, Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nottingham, gives us her top tips for starting a career in the exciting food industry.

Do you have to have a degree to succeed in the food industry? What skills do you need to succeed? To find out more, listen to our informative video interview with Phil McNaughton, Company Environment Manager, British Sugar.

Is there a typical day in the office? How do you find your first job in the food industry? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this insightful interview with Jacinta George, Managing Director of Reading Scientific Services.

Listen to our unmissable Food Matters Careers podcasts

This podcast gives you an insight into why a career in nutrition is so rewarding.
Guests: Moira Howie, Health and Nutrition Manager, Waitrose, and Claire Baseley, Registered Nutritionist and Nutrition Consultant.

What can the food industry do to attract future talent into the sector? Tune in to this podcast to hear what our industry experts think.
Guests: Helen McNair, Technical Director, Lionel Hitchin, and Jacinta George, Managing Director, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL).

In this insightful podcast, we learn how the industry and academia can work together to plug the food skills shortage.
Guests: Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, Emma Weston, Associate Professor in Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham, and Rosina Borrelli (Workplace Engagement Lead), IFSTAL.

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