Karolina Burchill – Jankiewicz
Karolina enrolled on the Food Science and Technology MSc at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences at Cardiff Met after originally graduating in Poland with a degree in Food Engineering and Management.
Speaking about her studies, Karolina said: “A career in the food industry has always interested me - I’m fascinated by the processes and strategies around food management as well as the development of products and the science behind it.
“I chose Cardiff Met for postgraduate study because of its food industry centre and development kitchens, which offer unique facilities for practice. My original degree was very focussed on theory so I was keen to continue my studies with more opportunity for practical work and assessment. During my time at Cardiff Met I was able to really see how things work, visit different factories and take part in small trials.”
During her one-year MSc, Karolina was also impressed with the strength of Cardiff Met’s industry links, built through the KITE Knowledge Innovation Technology Exchange Programme and the Cardiff Met Zero2Five Food Industry Centre. Funded by the EU and Welsh Government KITE helps link students on the MSc course with employers in the food industry for mutual benefit and sharing of expertise.
After graduating from Cardiff Met, Karolina worked for a food manufacturer in Hitchin for 18 months as a Process Development Trainee, before returning to Wales to work for Abergavenny Fine Foods in a technical role. She is currently New Product Development Manager at Clarks Maple Syrup. The Newport-based company is the leading producer and supplier of maple syrup in the UK.
Speaking about her career progression since the MSc, Karolina said: “I am really enjoying my current role where I can create new flavours, experiment and then ultimately see the product on the shelf. I enjoy both the process and the development side of the industry and there is lots of scope for career development, from product management through to customer liaison.”
She added: “The postgraduate degree at Cardiff Met was a hugely positive influence on my career; from the opportunity to experiment and practice during my academic study right through to the guidance and support I was offered with finding employment, as well as workplace mentoring, I would highly recommend the course.”
Under the Spotlight:
2008: Graduated with degree in Food Engineering and Management, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
2011: MSc in Food Science and Technology, Cardiff Met
2011: Process Development Trainee, Bowman’s Ingredients
2013: Technical Officer, Abergavenny Fine Foods
2015: New Product Development, Clarks Maple Syrup