By Eimear Quigg,
BSc Food Technology and Moy Park Graduate programme
Hi my name is Eimear Quigg, from Rasharkin, and I graduated in June last year with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Food Technology. I was first enrolled on the Foundation degree at Loughry and during my time I completed a work placement with Moy Park.
On completion of my work placement I knew I had definitely made the right career choice. When I graduated from the Foundation Degree I decided to stay on at Loughry and work towards an Honours Degree qualification to help me launch my career at a higher level.
I was also very fortunate during my second year degree to secure a place on the Michigan State University student exchange programme. What a fantastic semester it turned out to be, such a contrast to life in Northern Ireland. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in America and experienced so much.
During my final year of study, Moy Park advertised their Graduate Management Trainee Programme and because of my work experience with them, my study abroad and my qualifications, I was able to showcase my skills and got offered a position prior to graduating. It was so much easier to stay focused for my exams knowing that I already had a job lined up. Six months on I haven’t looked back.
At Moy Park, I am responsible for ensuring products conform to quality and customer spec-ifications. An attractive feature of the programme is trainees get to rotate their role every six months within different departments across Moy Park’s sites.
In my technical role I find the skills that I have developed in communication, decision making, problem solving and organisation are being put to use daily.
In such a job you need to be proactive and master multi-tasking and I believe from my studies at Loughry I have developed well.