Educartis had the pleasure of talking to Linda Sitati, a Bachelor in Food Science and Technology graduate from Chuka University. Linda is currently pursuing an MSc in Food Science and Technology from Egerton University. She talks about her passion for food science and shares valuable advice with aspiring students.
Why did you decide to pursue a BSc in Food Science and Technology?
Honestly, I love food science with my heart. The reason as to why I pursued it is because I’m passionate about science in general, and food is a basic necessity that a man cannot live without. So, I wanted to create an impact and serve the society by ensuring that the food we eat every day is safe, wholesome, easily available, and affordable, even to the people who are vulnerable in the society. In addition to that, I wanted to solve the food insecurity issues that are a threat by coming up with new food products and the easiest way to process them.
What do you currently do? What is your favourite thing about your role?
I am currently doing my postgraduate degree (an MSc) in Food Science and Technology from Egerton University. My favourite thing about being a master’s student is that I am able to hone and sharpen my knowledge and skills and abilities in this field which I’m confident that it will help me in the times to come.
What did you most enjoy about your student experience for your undergraduate education at Chuka University?
What I enjoyed most is the practical sessions that we had in the laboratories like culturing microorganisms, making juices and jellies, etc. We also had field trips where we were able to visit different food companies and get to know how food is processed or manufactured right from the time it was harvested to the time it will be packaged.
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How did your education prepare you for your current career? In your experience, which employability skills are the most important for students to gain during their studies?
A BSc in Food Science and Technology is the best gift I could have given to myself. It has really made me more versatile and competent. It has also taught me how to be a good time manager, a leader, as well as an astute problem solver. This is something that I yearned to learn and to achieve.
The employability skills that one needs to have include communication, leadership, detail-orientation, technical, team-work, analytical, and computer (as we live in a digitalized era).
What advice would you give to new students who are about to begin their higher education journey? How would you describe the current job market for new graduates?
I’d like to advise the students to set high personal and academic standards for themselves, and live up to them. Also, have faith and belief that you can get whatever you wish to achieve. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. You should plan and manage your time effectively. It’s said that you can write a 365-page book every year if you only write one page per day. Make yourself a well-rounded person and take responsibility for yourself because at the end of the day all that matters is YOU!!!
Concerning the current job market, I won’t lie that finding a job is not that easy or even extremely hard. You have to be ‘smart’ and vivacious. And with a degree, at least you can start a small business with the knowledge you have acquired. I promise you that with patience and determination, you’ll sail through, as you continue ‘hustling’ for that dream job.
You can find Linda Sitati on LinkedIn.
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