My First Official Work Experience in the FOOD INDUSTRY by foodyfaheema

Greetings Fellow Bloggers. 🙂 After brainstorming an interesting topic for my article this week, I decided upon giving you a brief summary of my first official work experience in the FOOD Industry thus far. In a previous article of mine dated June 18, I shared my experience of “Life as an Intern” so this to me was a suitable topic to follow it up with. As I recently (April 2013) graduated and received my National Diploma in Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition, I was officially qualified in my field of study and was now able to go out and seek employment with the much-needed knowledge and at least, a Diploma to show for this. Fortunately for me “job seeking” was not such a hassle like its known to be and I soon found something to start off my working career.

In February this year, while awaiting to receive my National Diploma, I was lucky to start out at a Noodle & Pasta Manufacturing company not too far from home, thanks to a concerned classmate Mariam Khan who had an ear open for me:). I must say it saved me many trouble and worries to have been offered this job before seriously having to search here and there. It has been seven months now and I’m indeed grateful to have been a part of the Industry so far and to have received the basic exposure a graduate needs in the beginning. To start off with, I was fairly excited and anxious to begin my journey at a new company. Having had five months recent work experience from Air Chefs as part of my course, it gave me a boost of confidence to carry out my duties that were required in the work place. My main position at the company is a Junior Quality Controller, amongst others. This requires the Establishment, implementation and Record Keeping of Food Safety Documents. Here and there I also get involved in a bit of Admin and Training of workers. Through my experience thus far, I have learnt more about the general world of work and how exactly theory unfolds in real life situations. It has been somewhat of a mix feel at times whereby there were challenges to face sometimes without any guidance and on the other hand I would simply enjoy being able to apply my knowledge gained through my studies.

I can say for sure that the work place is unpredictable and that nothing no Lecturer or Textbook can prepare you for it. It merely takes practical experience to become familiar with the many situations work throws at you. Learning to deal with the many different people within your company can also become daunting and other times a pleasure, believe it or not it also helps to know a bit Psychology! I think that to be successful in the work place one has to enjoy and take pride in ones work and the rest will follow. This does not mean you have to be excited to get up for work every morning no, that’s rare, it just means having a positive attitude towards your work and being able to act in that much-needed professional manner as soon as your working hours commence. Many times one is expected to do more than what you are required to, sometimes it gets noticed other times maybe not but in the end it will grow oneself into a good employee. It is also important to have a care towards the company you are working at, its products, staff etc. as in the end this will show in your work. As a graduate specifically we all have an end goal that we want to reach that is why we are working, a Cleaner for example does not want to clean for the rest of their life and so on. Therefor I can advise you to always keep your end goals in mind and work towards them even when it gets tough. My main point to any new employee would be willingness to start from the very bottom and to humble oneself as in the end it will pay off and the reward will follow.

From here I am hoping to gain further work experience before doing my fourth year of study. Who knows I might even go further than that. With the right mind-set, positive attitude and hard-working qualities we can all become successful in our workplaces. I hope that you could relate to my post in some way or another and that you will pose any questions or comments of concern. foodyfaheema 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Salih
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 03:30:36

    nice one Ms. Ahmed just think the time frame between posts is kind of far but good reading considering its one paragraph lol, anyway keep at it not everyone can say they are following their choice…wont say dream thats another topic all in all, keep at it hope the next post comes soon……


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