IFST Student LaunchPad

Launching into a career in food

over 4 years ago by Claire Smith

​For the ninth year in a row, MorePeople were delighted to support the IFST Student LaunchPad events, which take place every year in the autumn. The aim of the events is to support food science students by providing them with the opportunity to strengthen their perceptions of the food sector beyond the university setting, offering valuable insights about possible careers in all aspects of the food chain.

Various members of MorePeople’s recruitment team attended events at Leatherhead Food Research, University of Reading and Sheffield Hallam University, presenting to students on behalf of the food and fresh produce industry with tips for how to stand out from the crowd.

The presentation sessions were followed by speed mentoring sessions where the students moved from table-to-table to seek more in-depth advice from industry mentors. Here we were able to answer questions about CV’s, specific companies who regularly recruit graduates and different career paths that food-related courses can lead to.

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Managing Director of MorePeople, explains the reason why we get so involved:

“By providing mentor support for students, we are able to engage with the next generation of talent, offering guidance on what employers are looking for and bringing a valuable sense of realism to their career ideas.”

“These initiatives are so important for raising the profile of careers in the food and fresh produce sectors. Most of our clients don’t have spare resources to attend careers events themselves, so we try to act on their behalf to raise awareness of breadth of opportunities in the industry.”