Taylors of Harrogate: Careers case study
Clare Walker, Food Technologist: "It's an ever-changing industry with lots of opportunity to develop."
Qualification: BSc (Hons) Food Studies and Nutrition - University of Leeds
Q: What does an average day involve?
A: I'm part of the Quality Assurance team responsible for ensuring our Yorkshire
Tea and Taylors Coffee are consistently produced to the highest quality for our
customers. For me this might involve assessing our training and food safety
systems and procedures, working with our suppliers to make sure they meet our
standards and liaising with other departments, such as our training and
production teams, to implement new processes.
Q: What was your career path?
A: I started at Taylors of Harrogate as a Trainee Food Technologist after I
graduated from university. I was immediately given lots of exciting
to help me learn and develop. I also completed several external courses such as
food hygiene training. After two years in the business I became a food
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: I love my job because every day is different and I enjoy the interaction with
a range of departments. There's a huge sense of achievement when you've
an issue or received excellent feedback from your customers.
Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?
A: If you have a passion for food and enjoy science subjects then this may be
the career for you. It's an advantage to get some work experience, whether
during your school holidays or as an industrial placement as a part of your
degree. I'd also recommend going to university open days to find out more about
courses they offer and speak
to current students.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A: I expect that I'll be working in the food industry in a quality assurance
based role. It's an ever-changing industry, with lots of opportunities to learn
Q: How should you make the perfect cup of tea? Do you put the milk in first or
A: If I'm using a teapot I always warm the pot with some hot water while the
kettle's on, empty that water, put in my tea, add my freshly boiling water and
leave to brew for 4-5 minutes.
Milk before or after is very much personal preference, but I tend to put milk
first if the tea's been brewed in a teapot.
If I'm brewing it in a mug I put tea in first as adding milk first to a mug will
lower the water temperature.
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Last reviewed: 15 Mar 2011