Danielle Eden

"I found the balance of practical and theory to be extremely beneficial"
About my career

I chose to study a degree aimed specifically at the industry I wanted to pursue a career in, and MMU helped by tailoring the course to reflect real issues within the food industry. The course offered a good balance between practical aspects and the theory of food technology, which was important in my understanding of food development and sensorial properties of food products. I enjoyed the product development aspects of my course in particular because it was creative and fast-paced, and incorporated and applied theory from other course modules.

MMU also stressed the importance of a placement year, and I completed my placement as an Assistant Development Technologist at Dairy Crest. I worked on the development of flavoured milks and alcoholic creams for major UK retailers. I had the additional opportunity of organising a Dairy Crest Apprentice event with a local primary school in Aldershot for which I was awarded a Dairy Crest Bronze Award. Through that, I had the chance to represent Dairy Crest during the Feeding Britain’s Future 2012 conference where I visited Downing Street and met the Prime Minister and CEOs of major food companies. On reflection, my placement year was a crucial part of my course because it gave me a good general understanding of the industry and it further fuelled my desire to attain a good degree and succeed in food technology.

I graduated from MMU in 2013 and was presented with the Ceri Drinkwater Award for the highest overall results attained in the BSc (Hons) Food Technology course. The skills I gained at MMU helped me move seamlessly into my first job as an Assistant Development Technologist at Moy Park developing poultry products for major UK retailers. I now work at Greencore as a Development Technologist, exploring the development of chilled prepared meals for major UK retailers.

My top tip for students is…

Contact a selection of recruitment consultant aimed at your area of desired work and they will help you find a role. Contact them regularly to show that you have a real interest, and be open to finding out more about opportunities you may not have initially had in mind. Consider relocation because sometimes that will help you progress, and make sure to keep up to date with trends and news within your desired area of work.

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Why I love Manchester Met

During my time at MMU I found all staff to be very approachable and knowledgeable and I found the balance of practical and theory to be extremely beneficial.