Our Year 12 students learned about careers in the food industry and had advice from industry professionals during a recent talk by alumi-engagement organisation Future First.
The organisation co-ordinates school visits between alumni and current students with the aim of sharing expertise and enthusing young people. Dan Simpson gave a presentation to the students, followed by a quiz. They then had the opportunity to talk to delegates from the food industries about their careers and how to build great CVs.
Mr Simpson said: ‘This was set up by the Institute of Grocery Distribution. It is called ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’ and it is a programme getting in professionals from food and the consumer goods industry talking about employability skills. For Year 12 students it is all about CV building, finding jobs and networking.’
'The IGD do research and insight across the food and consumer goods industry. They work with partners and brand names from M&S to Asda right across the industry. Today we have delegates from M&S and Two Sisters food group, Silver Spoon and George at Asda so there are different brand names, people from marketing, advertising and those from the shop floor including store manager. It shows the breadth of jobs in the food industry. Although it is food focused it is very important for university applications because it is all about identifying skills and showing them off in the right way. The food industry employs one in seven people in the UK so it is massive and the opportunities for careers within it is vast.’
Student Erin Wootton said: 'We got a lot of information about the food industry which was good as I hadn't really thought about it before. There were six industry heads and they spoke about their roles and what skills they needed for their job. It was good to see real people who had real jobs. We interviewed them and it was clear that it doesn't matter what plan you have, none of them were working in the jobs or fields they were when they first started out. I didn't really know where to start with my CV but having sat across from someone who sees 500 a day they told us exactly what does and doesn't need to be on them and what they look at first. That was really useful. A good CV definitely has to be clear and look professional. They talked about use of colour depending on the sort of job you are going for. We went through examples of what was good and bad. I definitely wouldn't rule out a career in the food industry because they said that you can do whatever you want.