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#1 QA123

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 08:20 PM

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on gettin into food laboratory work.... I noticed that most of these kind of jobs arent advertised!

I have an Honours degree in Food Science, currently workin in QA!

Anyone any idea's?

Thanks :rolleyes:



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Posted 23 December 2009 - 12:43 AM

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on gettin into food laboratory work.... I noticed that most of these kind of jobs arent advertised!

I have an Honours degree in Food Science, currently workin in QA!

Anyone any idea's?

Thanks :rolleyes:


Dear QA 123

Before you go to the lab you have to :

1. Know what is the safety lab practices.. that make you safe to work in lab.

2. Know what is procedure in lab.. That avoid you to do wrong job (analysis) in lab.

3. Know what is documents and records in lab.. That make you can trace your job and your record of analysis

4. and the last is you have to know where is your lab.. that avoid you enter at the wrong room.. :biggrin:


thats my tips .. hope can help you ..


cheers

AS Nur

#3 Tony-C

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 02:12 AM

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on gettin into food laboratory work.... I noticed that most of these kind of jobs arent advertised!

I have an Honours degree in Food Science, currently workin in QA!

Anyone any idea's?

Thanks :rolleyes:


Hi There

Food Manufacture is usually a good source of advertised jobs in the food industry.
I expect it to be quiet at the moment and pick up in the New Year.

Regards,

Tony :smile:

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:33 AM

As best described by AS NUR, continuation:

Know about all equipments, instruments are working condition and properly calibrated, specially check balances/scales.

Exhaust fan and EFK is available in food lab

First-aid box, fire blanket and extinguishers available and service & maintenance up to date

PPE - protective equipments like goggles, suitable gloves, lab coat, hair-head cover, etc.

Procedures and policies to know about handling and food analysis, system requirements...

Sign boards, caution and warning, chemicals storage,

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 09:48 AM

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on gettin into food laboratory work.... I noticed that most of these kind of jobs arent advertised!

I have an Honours degree in Food Science, currently workin in QA!

Anyone any idea's?

Thanks :rolleyes:



As Tony-C pointed out, Food Manufacturer is good. Also send a speculativbe CV to any food manufacturers you'd like to target. Get onto their websites and look to see what jobs they have advertised. You can also register with the agencies (they'll all be advertising in Food Manufacturer)

I will say one thing, please just be realistic about your employability. When i did my degree, i was a mature student and studied part time. I was working as a Quality Manager at the time. The number of students who thought that once they had their degree they'd be able to walk into a job on £30k a year was frightening, that very rarely happens, even if you got a first! You'll have to be patient and put into practice what you learnt at college. Starting in a food lab is a good basis. I think that the majority of factory managers that i know started in a lab of some sort and worked their way up.

Good luck with the hunt

Caz x

#6 Charles.C

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:31 PM

Dear 123,

Although you don't exactly say what kind of QA you are doing, in one way I would say you hv already passed one of the hardest steps - you hv a work history!

It depends somewhat on what you mean by "food laboratory work". Chemical, microbiological, analytical, private production, Government, milk, minerals, anything. ??? :smile: I'm not in UK and I guess the options (and the competition) may depend on the location.

I continued to utilise my ex University's resources for some time after I stopped studying. Nobody seemed to worry too much. :smile: In addition to the previously mentioned ideas I also invested in publications of the lists of member companies of various Chambers of Commerce. These cover an amazing range of products / services IMEX and often include very useful summaries of the types of work involved enabling a customised application to be prepared. They also give contacts in many cases. Joining "organisations", eg "Society for XXX" is another route into opportunities if you hv any specific orientation. Personally I then used laborious manual mailing procedures but I guess this has now been superceded by computerised routines which variably inject the necessary "uniqueness" claimed to be so important in resumes.

I agree with Caz's comments and wud add that in many cases, if you hv serious ambitions, it is probably necessary to mentally maintain the "stepping stone" theory into yr initial chain of work experience.

Rgds / Charles.C


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Posted 12 January 2010 - 04:42 PM

Hi,

There are several ways, but remember you have the qualification but no exp which will reflect in salary? firms who take on new techs are RHM big firm rubbish money but exp gained. Check out yourfoodjob.com and foodmanjobs.co.uk they advertise within the trade. Take some advice from recruit firms. There are many so be selective CPA in Hendon London are good if you can speak to Gail or magenta based in kingston and ask for toni or possibly matchtech?
The other way is to go and work in the labs at a hospital good exp and recognised in the food trade? Lastly a couple more firms noon foods and mack multiples may be able to help? I hope you are successful?


Kind Regards

Jinx



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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:03 PM

Good advice Jinx - welcome to the forums.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:01 PM

Did you get yourself sorted with lab work?






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