European Masters Degree in Food Studies: a big “school”, a big “experience”, a big “family”! These are the three words that come into my mind when people ask me to talk about my “adventure” in this Master.
A big “school”… it is only after you finish the Masters and embark on the professional journey that you realize how great of a school this has been. Not only it provides you with all the “academic” ammunitions you need to succeed, but it also shows you the way to use them! This is achieved by having the opportunity to do the thesis project at a major food company in Europe. You get a close look at “real life” situations and you are taught how to use your knowledge into solving “real life” problems. I completed my thesis in Masterfoods and later on I worked there for 2.5 years. I consider myself lucky to have had such an experience! Don’t let me fool you; it is not the easiest thing for a student. You are asked to participate in diverse, international teams, to find solutions in different problems, to be flexible & adjustable to changes that happen in such an international environment. In a few words, you are asked to mature and grow up into a professional!
A big “experience” … 5 countries, 5 different Universities, 8 students from all over the world! It is not very often (at least when I was a student) that you hear of such programmes. Every two months you move into country: new professors, new courses, new home, new flatmates, new language, new cultures, new… and I could go on! What is important to know is that above all this Master is offering new experiences to the students. Life is not just about growing up to become the best in your profession! Life is also about getting to know the beauties that different cultures, people & circumstances can offer you. One thing is for sure, this Master gives you plenty of all the above.
A big “family”… in my case consisting of 8 brothers & sisters! The 8 of us spent almost 18 months together! We learned how to “survive” in difficult situations all together, how to cope with each other (sometimes not that easy!), how to make decisions all together, how to help and count on each other! No wonder our first course was “Team Building”. Travelling and being together all the time had its moments of crisis as well, but that happens to the best of families! It might not be easy to meet each other very often now, but we still manage to keep in touch and try to meet in every possible occasion.
Now, working at Procter & Gamble in Greece, I can assure you that all of the above assisted not only in my current professional life, but also in my personal evolution.