Tips for career success at AIFST Young Professionals Breakfast

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 24th June 2016

PulseA panel of some of Australia’s most respectable experts and leaders in the food industry will present at a free networking breakfast for Young Professionals in the industry at the 49th Annual AIFST Convention.

Georgie Aley, CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), said the networking breakfast is a must-attend for any young professional who is interested in progressing their career.

“When I graduated university, figuring out what my next move would be, and how I would do it was a daunting prospect.

“I remember joining two member organisations, the Future Farmers Network and NSW Farm Writers Association, both of which opened my eyes to a vast network of agriculture, agribusiness and food industry professionals.

“Events such as the AIFST Convention and the Young Professionals Networking Breakfast allow young professionals to hear from leaders in the food industry to set goals for their future careers, all while expanding their networks and opportunities,” said Ms Aley.

Dr Andre Teixeira, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CSIRO, will also join the panel and believes learning from experience and acquiring knowledge – not just information, is crucial when progressing your career in the food industry and being able to set yourself apart.

“These days many people believe that if they have the information they also have the knowledge. This is not the case.

“Knowledge can be acquired in many different ways, both the conventional ones from networking and learning from seniors in the industry. The progression of your knowledge is very critical, as information is very ephemeral.

“Events such as the AIFST Convention are a vessel for connectedness to knowledge – a knowledge which can open doors for global career progression,” said Dr Teixeira.

Ms Aley and Dr Teixeira will join Jana Cameron (Path4Food), Dr Chris Downs (CSIRO) and Josh Hemelaar (Gelita) on the panel discussion, chaired by Vaughan Gough (Flavour Creations) at the Young Professionals in Food Networking Breakfast at the 49th Annual AIFST Convention in Brisbane on Tuesday, 28 June.

The Young Professionals Breakfast will explore the skills needed beyond formal qualifications, how to set yourself apart when progressing your career globally, and how to sell the industry, your product and yourself.

The Networking Breakfast is free and is open for all young members (aged under 30) of AIFST. Register for FREE now:

The 49th Annual AIFST Convention will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Monday 27 June to Tuesday 28 June 2016. The AIFST Convention will be co-located with FoodTech Queensland, a major trade event for Queensland food manufacturers, and with more than 3,500 attendees expected, it will be Australia’s largest food industry gathering of 2016.

To register for the 49th Annual AIFST Convention, visit