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Testimonials of BS in Food Technology Graduates from the Philippines

R. T.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: My first choice of course was a quota course and I did not make it to the cut. So I enrolled on my second choice which is BS FT.

list bulletAbout my college education: As a BS FT student, you will first learn the basics in chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology prior to having food science major subjects. Subjects are difficult and challenging. If you do not have focus and determination, it is very easy to fail the subject. But sometimes, even through your best efforts, you will still fail. Do not despair, there is always a next sem! :) Just do your best, work hard and pray harder.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Warehouse Staff at International Flavors & Fragrances.
Prior to joining this, I was QA Analyst in Big E Foods Corp.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I have learned a lot in college. However, most of the theoretical knowledge is not really applicable in the industry. Most companies have different ways in running things as well as in testing, some were not even taught in the classroom.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a job 2 weeks after graduation, because I have been applying early on.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: Yes, there are a lot of great career opportunities that await a BS FT graduate. The food industry is very broad and man cannot live without food, so our industry will never vanish! :)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Stay focused and never surrender! Hardships are there to test you, don't let it defeat you.
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L. C.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At Bicol University - Main Campus
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I chose Food Technology then because of the fact that I love food and I love to cook. However, Bicol University do not offer Culinary or HRM courses, I opted to Food Technology having the perception that this course also caters cooking, etc.

list bulletAbout my college education: I think during my college years, I find it difficult when you have to deal with so much of the chemistry subjects and most of all Food Engineering subject, and all these were dealt by the students more on theoretical without actual application. But then, I sustained to be in this course because of some light moments (like) where you have to analyze micro biologically all the street foods you usually eat, and find out that these are scrap (eeww). Also there are subjects (some of these are electives) that deal with (sort of) cooking like product development, confectionery, food processing, etc. As I was advancing the academic years, I get to enjoy this course because of it's technicality in the food industry.
For a student to succeed in this course, I think they must have the perseverance, passion to read and research. And more importantly, analytical in all aspects.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a Technical Training Officer in one of the leading bakeshop company in the country. I started as Quality Inspector in a canning factory and then became a Quality Assurance Officer in a Bread Plant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. Very much. I consider myself as employed practicing my profession.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I spent my summer vacation where I enjoyed after-school activities first before applying for a job. My first application, I was immediately considered and took the post as Quality Inspector. It took me only 2 days to find this job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: There are so much employment opportunities for this course knowing that food is one of the most gigantic industry in the human history. When it comes to salary level, one just have to choose a reputable company to have a good offer.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: When you choose Food Technology, you must know that this course is not all about cooking. Its about the behavior of food, it's characteristics and it's importance for human. This course deals with all the technicalities of food. And when you choose to study this course, I think school reputation must be exceptionally considered because this course requires a lot of laboratory and hands-on practices.
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K. F.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I've had a particular interest in Chemistry since high school, so I decided to take up Chemical Engineering in UP Diliman and passed it. However, due to circumstances and financial reasons, I opted to study in Davao City particularly in UP Mindanao. UP Mindanao has only nine courses to choose from and upon learning that Food Technology has chemistry as it's foundation course, I decided to pursue it.

list bulletAbout my college education: Food Technology is a very interesting course that touches almost all subjects. It uses the information generated from food science in the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, and distribution, as it affects the consumption of safe, wholesome, and nutritious food. With this, I learned that Food Technology is very useful especially in today's society where issues concerning food security and food safety are becoming rampant. Food Technology doesn't equate to cooking as most people think; it is a lot more beyond that.

I find Biochemistry as the most difficult subject I took (and that was in junior year). Memorizing complex terms and cycles was very challenging, but of course fulfilling.

Passing the exams depended on the standards of the professor. But in general, it was attainable if the student did his/her part. Still, quite a number of students failed in major subjects like General Chemistry, Analytical Geometry and Calculus, General Physics, and Food Engineering. A lot get delayed in their graduation - in my batch, for example, only eight graduated on time out of more or less 40 (a small number shifted to another course, transferred to another school, or stopped schooling).

I believe that succeeding in this course or in any other course requires determination, trust in oneself, and balance. Studying a lot and absorbing every lesson there is doesn't work all the time. This is where balance and knowing your priorities come in - that one should know when to work and when to play. Moreover, one must maintain a positive attitude towards work and towards everyone he/she deals with.

list bulletMy current job: I am still about to start my job as a professor (Instructor 4) at UP Mindanao. Along with the teaching load is a protected time for research, with the goal of publishing a study within one or two years.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: The Dean offered me this job beforehand, while I was still doing my undergraduate thesis. Fortunately I didn't have (and I didn't want) to apply for another job after graduation.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Make sure that this is what you really want. Don't pursue this course just because your parents want it, or because you think it is all about cooking (a lot of us aren't even close to being chefs, actually). Listen to your heart. And if you think this is really what's meant for you, never give up. Take note that college is a lot different from high school. Don't wallow in gloom when you fail any test, because I tell you, that is normal. Food Technology isn't an easy course, but as long as you don't lose interest and perseverance, you'll realize that you've made the right choice.
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N. J.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I chose the particular course because I love food and I am fascinated on how things happen. I want this course to be my background course as I study and learn how to cook good food. The brother of my grandfather suggested me this course and since then I decided to take the course.

list bulletAbout my college education: Food technology as a course really taught me a lot. One lesson that to sum up my learning for food technology is that behind every food that we consume there is a process that involves a lot of time and effort to ensure that the food is safe to eat, palatable, pleasing in the eye, will fill everyone's stomach and will certainly meet the consumers expectation about the product.

Subject wise, the difficult subjects are Food chemistry and Food engineering. These two subjects are hardcore in terms of extracting students thinking and analyzing capabilities. I myself had a hard time passing these subjects. These two subjects involves principles from the disciplines of math, physics, biology and chemistry. The subjects combines all these principles to see it's application and it's theoretical answers

I cannot emphasize the things I learn but I can enumerate two traits I learned that are really useful. First is that I learned to analyze and deduce. Its a hard trait for me to learn. Analyzing for me is the ability to think of solving something that is not bound by the lessons taught but also thinking of different ways of solving out of the box. Analyzing involves determination inf order to see both the large and small picture and details of the problem. In deducing, I can define this as the ability of coming up with your own style of solving. This is hard and varies in every person but is really a helpful skill when learned. Deducing makes everything easy because you can see a pattern or even your own method that is efficient and effective. These two skills are very helpful and useful even at work.

Passing exams is, yes, difficult. It requires a lot of nights of studying, practicing and analyzing problems. Most of the students also fail but these failures are the source of the students motivation since they want to pass and conquer the subject. Many people strive hard just to finish the course, and only a select few shift when they face these hardships.

In terms of traits and attitudes, I can only quote this phrase "heart strong" from the Ateneo women's volleyball team. Why you may ask, simply because to pass the course, your heart should be aligned that you are taking the course because you love it, and even if you fail at times, you keep standing up again and again because your goal is ti finish the course you desire the most.

list bulletMy current job: My job is a Quality Assurance Officer, QAO, at a food company.
Our job is to ensure that we provide safe, palatable and good food without people thinking of the hazards that they may encounter like sickness or food poisoning. As QAO's we monitor the the product sent out to the consumers is consistent in terms of taste, portion, packaging and overall palatability. QAO's job is also to develop new recipes or methods to be used in order to make sure that the quality of products are top notch and safe.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 1 month to find a job.
Just a piece of advice, be choosy about the job because for us to excel, we want to choose a job that we think would fit our personality and ambition as we work for the company. We should see ourselves that we can give all in that company as they give their trust in ours.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Simple advice that I can give to students taking the course is enjoy the course. Yes, you may experience hardships and everything but it is part of the learnings that only us food technologists knows. Strive for excellence, even if you are from other schools, do your best because as you graduate, it's not all about what you learn and what you read, it's all about how you apply the things you've learned.
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M. E.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 1989

list bulletAbout my college education: My education was interesting, daunting, challenging, and fun. No matter how interested I was, there was always the distraction of "things other than education" such as extra-curricular activities, political awareness issues, as well as social pressure to conform. At UP, conforming was always a must: to be critical of everything from government to tuition fee rates was the norm.

To succeed as a student, one needs to know what is important and how to prioratize education above all things. Reading everything that professors assign for reading is the number onee thing. Education is all about absoring what your professors want you to absorb, and a little more. Learning what your prof wants you to learn is the key to getting on the right side with your prof, and getting high grades is a lot easier if only one learns to stay right with the profs. There are profs who want you to be analytical, some technical, and most of them a mix of both. Know your prof's methods and you will always be a good student.

list bulletMy current job: I am a businessman and an entrepreneur. After graduation I opted to start my own business from scratch because I believe creating jobs is far more important than looking for one.
I am a single father with 6 kids and I am into digital photography and t-shirt printing, courses that have no connection with my college course. But I cook for my kids...

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: For my business, apart from day-to-day life, I use tehchnical and people skills I learned in university. I use bits of accounting to understand my finances, cost management to run my business, psychology to understand my clientele, lots of mathematics, physics for a few things, and a pinch of history to tell my kids stories when they are free to listen. I cannot point a finger at what exactly I am using, because in daily life, bits and pieces of my whole education come in handy when faced with everything from spilled chemicals, to handling money, and putting food on the table for my family. And I remember each prof who taught me the skill that came in handy.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: Food Technology is always a good course - for as long as there are people, there will always be a need for technology that specializes in the handling and preparation of the raw materials that go into our food. It is a fulfilling and interesting career, geared for the biologically, bio-mechanically, and gastronomically inclined. Placement in an international food company is usually the pinnacle of the career, where salary is at its best, upwards of P95,000 a month. But of course starting a business in the food industry is still the absolute dream - to become one's own boss and dictate one's own salary.
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K. C.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: 1. I was required to take a science/technology-related course.
2. I enjoyed chemistry but did not want to study BS Chem or Chem Engg. (And I knew that BS Food Tech would have a LOT of chemistry subjects)
3. I have an aunt whom I look up to, who is a food technologist in the US. She inspired me to take a similar career path.
4. I never was particularly fond of cooking, but I enjoy eating (who doesn't), so I figured, why not study it?

list bulletAbout my college education: Food Technology is not about cooking. It's studying food production and (almost) the entire value chain. It's very technical and in UP Diliman aside from the majors, you get 3 math subjects, 2 physics subjects, and 6 chemistry subjects (not to mention all the other general education subject requirements). This was the case during my time, I am not sure how it is now.

And in UP Diliman, a food tech course is 5 years, just like the engineering courses.

It should be noted, however, that if you prefer to have more agriculturally-related career in food technology, it might be better to go to UPLB instead. They have an excellent program too.

list bulletMy current job: PhD student, but I used to work also as a product developer in a food company

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: If you will work in the food industry in R&D or QA, then yes it will be very useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: I don't think it is extremely hard to get a job in the food industry (QA, R&D, or even sales), but depending on the company, career growth might be very slow. If you're the type who wants to climb the corporate ladder (so to speak), food tech will not be the best way to do it.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Don't come into university thinking that Food Tech is going to be a walk in the park. It is challenging, especially if you are not very good in the sciences.

In one's career, you also have to learn as you go along. There are many things that you won't know, have forgotten, or were not taught in college, which you will learn along the way as you do your job.
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M. A.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I love Foods, I love to eat and I was inspired by my sister who took up this course four years ago.

list bulletAbout my college education: Difficult but very interesting especially when you know already the responsibilities of a Food Technologist.


list bulletMy current job: Our graduation was held three days ago (May 14) and actually Im still finishing my school requirements but I am currently sending my resume online.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used it in my On-the-job training and part time job. Use laboratory works.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: Yes. As far as I know Food Tech graduates from PUP can easily find the job suitable in our course. As far as I know food tech graduate took maximum of three months before having a job. (Since I'm on the process of fulfilling our school requirements I have to used my sisters' experience).

Aside from being an employee, food tech can also have our own food business. Creating and Innovating new food products that can be in our market place.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Just love everything about the course. The subjects, professors, laboratory activities and most especially your classmates. You need patience, be yourself and focus on your study.
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W. J.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I found the course very interesting. Two of my cousins took up BS FT and they had very successful careers at the time. They served as a sort of inspiration.

list bulletAbout my college education: In BS FT, we studied the different physical, microbiological and chemical aspects of food. All stages of the food production was also studied. It is very hard and tedious, specially the thesis part. And there are subjects that have really low passing rates.

A student should have a strong determination to succeed. He should not give up easily through all the struggles a BS FT student may encounter.

list bulletMy current job: Project Management Associate

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: At my previous job at a food manufacturing company, I was able to apply the concepts I learned, however, on my current job, I was able to apply skills and work ethics instead.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: There are many options for job openings for a BS FT student. Salary level greatly varies depending on the company.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Nothing is impossible through hardwork. Any difficulties can be overcomed with hard work and patience.
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J. D.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At C.L.S.U
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I chose this course because I love experimenting with foods, and to make new ways of preparing them.

list bulletAbout my college education: The most important thing I learned is how to properly experiment on foods without taking the nutrition nor the taste/quality at risk. Math subjects were the most difficult subjects for me. Experiment subjects are the most enjoyable ones.

Examinations are indeed difficult, especially if you won’t review and understand your notes and the discussions as well and yes, there are students who retake the subjects.

Every student should be very willing to learn and to accept new ideas and things in life.

list bulletMy current job: I am now an assistant cook in a restaurant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, indeed. I can now use my knowledge in experimenting on foods to present new dishes for our customers to love.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me about a month to find a job after I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: There are a lot of job opportunities for this course.
If you love this course and you made it your passion, then, every step in this career will be a fulfillment for you.
Salary will of course start at the basic but it will get higher soon.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Choose the course you love and make it your passion.
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V. R.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1996

list bulletAbout my college education: They say that highschool life is better than college life. But for me, college life was as bit as fun as high school. I graduated in UP Rural Highschool and it helped me gear up towards my life in UPLB. It was a bit of everything - interesting and enjoyable... But definitely difficult and challenging. Going out of UP definitely makes you a rounded person. And it gives you lessons not only in the four walls of its rooms but also also gives you lessons in real life.

list bulletMy current job: it is not connected with the course I took - events organizer/makeup artist and a Sun Life financial advisor. I was a medical representative in Sanofi-Aventis for 9 years prior to that and practised Food Technology for 1 year after graduation at Goldilocks Bake Shops inc.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used my credentials, but I definitely used what I learned outside the walls of the university - hard work, interpersonal skills and quick wit - charm to some point :D

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I took my course in 3.5 years. A feat in UPLB! I personally decided to rest for 6 months though jobs offers came in readily. I decided to take the job in Goldilocks after marching in April. It has the highest offer of salary during that time.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: It has a wide array of job qualifications. Yes, I would recommend this to others. My batchmates who pursued this career path have been equally successful.
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