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Young Professional Profile - Qudsiyah Raza

Qudsiyah Raza
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Can you introduce yourself?

I am a Product Development Technologist at Unilever currently working in the Pepsi Lipton JV. My role involves working on the formulation of ice tea for global projects. This includes reformulating and innovating new products. In addition to product development, I am also working on testing new ingredients to build capability.

How was your transition from university to industry and what does IFST offer that is unique to you?

I studied Nutrition at the University of Nottingham so had some experience in food science which led my interests towards pursuing an R&D internship at a global coffee company. During my internship, I gained multiple insights of the food industry from working with different teams at a fast pace. A combination of the skills and knowledge I picked up from my placement and degree allowed me to smoothly progress my career in the food industry.

IFST offered the opportunity to work towards becoming a Registered Scientist which I found unique as a Nutrition student with no formal assessment whilst on placement. This helped me to capture and reflect on my learnings in a structured format and decide that I wanted to apply for an entry-level role in beverages. Also, IFST keeps me informed of all the latest trends useful for my current role and the opportunity to actively participate in discussions and conferences.

As a graduate what advice would you give to food science students?

As a recent graduate, I would advise students to explore a range of opportunities with an open mind during their degree. This will give them a better perspective of their career ambitions once they graduate. I would strongly recommend building a portfolio using myCPD to capture skills from technical projects or placements and working towards applying for full membership (MIFST).

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