Chemical and Energy Engineering student, Fiyinfoluwa Olatoye

Fiyinfoluwa Olatoye

What is the name of the company you work for and what do they do?

Mccormick Uk Ltd. It is a food manufacturing industry which is specialized in the production of various seasonings, flavourings and spices. Mccormick markets a range of wet and dry products including herbs and spices for chefs, restaurants and catering establishments. Schwatz is their flagship brand. They also supply the foodservice market with other leading brands.

What is your role within the company?

Throughout my time at Mccormick, I supported the Operations team (majorly), quality and other project teams with the collection, analysis and deployment of data.  I was required to attend meetings, produce models and control systems and also prepare the data collection systems. I was on hand and available to give support across the site whenever and wherever possible.

Can you please give me an insight into a typical day?

There has not been a typical day as it is varied depending on what needs to be done but my tasks include:

    - Inputting of production and waste data

    - Preparing of models and control systems

    - Attending regular and project oriented meetings.

    - Taking up other administrative tasks.

What do you enjoy the most and do you get involved in any interesting projects?

I am particularly enjoying the variety the placement gives. Although i work mostly with the operations team, i also get the opportunity to meet and communicate with people from the other teams. This role has provided a wider exposure into how businesses run and also a general exposure to the manufacturing process industry. This role has given me a better appreciation of data through its analysis and deployment.

Why did you want to undertake a year in industry?

I took the the year in industry to gain some first hand experience of the professional world before my graduation. Also, i wanted to see and appreciate the practicality of the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom which would then give a clearer picture hopefully of my future career choice.

What do you think you have got out of this experience so far? 

I have gotten a better appreciation of the relevance of my time at uni in the industry , from the technical knowledge to analytical skills, time management, team-work and problem solving initiative. I have also built my professional network.

Do you have any tips and advice to current students thinking of undertaking a year in industry?

Take up the opportunity it is really worth it. Apart from getting a break from uni, it widens your professional network and also gives a hands on industrial experience which puts you in a good position for graduate roles.

The application process is no doubt daunting but give your best to it and do not give up. Always remember to be the best version of yourself.