Depending on what you do, there are many reasons why you should consider a career in food and drink. You could be at the forefront of up-and-coming trends in the food world that no one knows about. Whereas you could get involved with many hands-on jobs, that so many people love, where you get to make real, tangible products.
Many ways into the industry
Whether you come from an academic background by studying an engineering university courses, or you’ve had experience working in the industry already thanks to an apprenticeship there are many ways into the industry. There is also the option in some careers to work your way up to the top, with many companies running their own graduate development programmes.
Good career prospects
Food and drink remain the single biggest manufacturing sector in the UK, and so the industry offers excellent career prospects. The industry will always need a steady intake of employees to support the countries best-loved brands, as well as to lead the way in innovating and creating new brands.
Learning new skills
Working in the food and drink industry will allow you to gain a wide range of skills, including logical thinking, good communication, creativity, teamwork and leadership. If you already have some of these skills, you could be the perfect fit in the food and drinks sector! Not only this, but the variety of skills makes those who work in the industry highly sought after professionals.
No two days are the same
Ask anyone who works in the food and drink sector, and they will tell you that no two days are the same. Work in this sector is incredibly varied and many roles cover wide-reaching topics, including engineering, automation and manufacturing systems, food science, food safety and many more.
Good pay and prospects
The average salary in the food and drink industry is rising faster than in any other major manufacturing sector.
With there always being something new to focus on and plan for, the food and drink sector will keep you on your toes! Working in the industry means working with technologies that are fast-paced and quick-moving. You could be creating products one day that will be on a family’s dining table the next!
The industry is working hard towards ensuring equal representation in the sector. Although with a split of 65% of workers in the industry are men and 35% are women, we can understand the efforts going into a fairer workplace with the employment of women in food and drink has increased by around 6,000 a year for the past five years.
Creative thinkers & problem-solvers
The industry is a great environment for creative and logistics thinkers alike. Consumer demand for new products, a new technology that require new systems and imaginative ways to market are a small example of how these industries are always creating.
The food industry is all about solving problems: global problems, sustainability problems, supply chain problems and product launch problems. If you can easily spot the solutions or share your great ideas, you could be the perfect candidate for the industry!
Big company growth is something while working in the industry you will see a lot of, as food is an essential part of life and so many need it. No matter the size of the company, almost all companies will see growth. Not to mention your own career growth as well!
When we look back over the year in lockdown, we can see how important the food and drink industry is. Every single member of the food industry was labelled a key worker, which tells us the massive responsibility of the sector. The industry and everyone who works in it, make sure the public has access to food. If it wasn’t for all the people who put so much time and energy into their food-related jobs, we couldn’t eat.
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