PepsiCo UK and Ireland: Careers case study

Katherine Ebsworth got a placement to gain some real life experience at PepsiCo and has now progressed to a permanent role as a Process Specialist.

Katherine Ebsworth, Process Specialist

Katherine Ebsworth - PepsicoDuring my degree I took the option to do a placement year within the Operations division of PepsiCo to gain practical, hands-on work experience and to get an insight into the world of work.

As part of my placement year, I spent time working on data analysis to analyse the production process and ensure that everything ran smoothly.

I was exposed to so much responsibility that I was given the opportunity to build a computer software programme from scratch, which controls the seasoning application during the production process of Walkers crisps. My aspiration is that this new process will now roll out to every Walkers plant!

During my placement, I was thrilled to be offered a full time position at PepsiCo. One of the most important things that I have gained is the confidence to work in a business environment with people from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience. I've also learnt to work on challenging long-term projects that involve a lot of investigation and problemsolving.

At PepsiCo they believe that training and development is something that runs throughout the company as it strives to continually go one step further, something that I have ambitions of doing throughout my career!

Did you know?

It can take as little as 12 minutes for a potato that has just arrived at a manufacturing plant to become a bag of crisps!

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Last reviewed: 25 Sep 2015