I am at 2 years and 24 days of my career. Very young career age, yet I have been through different positions in the areas that I have chosen.
I chose to study food science instead of business management because I was afraid to push for sales and doubt sales ethics. I didn't know why I kept thinking of that. We all have met sales person that lied just to meet sales target. Today, I have faith that I can sell and have a good sales ethics. In fact, I can move on in life with different things I want to do and learn because I conquer my fear.
I am grateful because I learned to move on in life by switching job that threat my professionalism and ethics despite how I love the nature of the job, holding regulatory and sales and marketing together. This job made me realize how I treasure food science beyond marketing.
The food industry is a very challenging industry; I need to learn everything from ingredients management to food safety industry. It is a never ending process. You might be able to tell from the arising of new audit requirement for food safety certification. It is a continuous battle between consumers and producers to get food created, manufactured and distributed correctly.
Of course, the very important reason why you are reading this is due to the amount of writing for marketing material creations. Now, it just continue on with my blog and other social media account. It is a continuation to my faith and love. And those doubt was just a proofer to check my faith and love.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from University of British Columbia. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end user.
Tweet me @felicialoo. Visit me at www.felicialoo.com
Here I am in a library where everyone is studying and I am browsing my web and responding to my email. I am no longer the student that spend so much effort to study because studying is just a portion of life. And that portion of life is not transferable when it comes to work.
The only things that got brought over from UBC is my soft skills- the research techniques and professionalism learned from a business class. It is funny that curriculum isn't as helpful as real life experience. From the many things I learned is how to manage a project on my own because I am lucky that all of my managers love handing me project and let me figure out. And you know, when that happens, it is really call figure it out. It is unlike the assignment - you have the do this and get that result, then do another step. What is your goal? The answer is passed all my courses. Oh, how fortunate it is to be a student.
Now, I am also studying but in a less serious manner because I know practical works best for me. I have few courses in mind to complete but timeline is depending on myself. Learning objectives are everywhere because I am distracted by options and choices. There isn't any curriculum and that is a problem.
I need not to sell myself because Felicia Loo is my identity, I will get to where I want to be because I know where my passion would lead me to- do things that I enjoy and only myself appreciate and felt it is a great achievement while others critique because they never understand what is the joy of that.
Beyond your words, I knew it meant something. You wanted to understand but I don't have an answer for you. There were many things that questions make me grew strong because the flame inside never fade even a single moment. Between responsibilities and love, I chose love and that love is universal. It is just that you couldn't see it because you were occupied with something massive. If I told you I love doing what I am doing, you think I am lying because those were dreaded boring things that no one love to do. No matter how I said it, it is still a mystery lie. So, why should I explain it? Why for I know how my love translate into actions. The magic thoughts that were delivered are living truth that works their way into the real life. I paid effort with the currency of love- relentless love.
I don't explain or sell my love. It is to be shared and that is the biggest asset that I have.
From your eye, I see the tough time that you had and I didn't know how to share that with you. You are gifted and sometimes, I wish I am as gifted as you do. However, I shouldn't be greedy; I had mine too. Everyone is unique with their identity. Thank you for your question; I will treat it as love and care.
Welcome to life where things can turn good or evil. My good will to spend a little more time with people, helping them when mine are piled up turned into a disruption drama that I swear I never help them out ever. Think of who will help you next time to meet your quota. Didn't earn a single thank you but many more complaints to come. Those are a group of people that doesn't know about appreciation and my time have better destination.
I could have reviewed all the documents I want in a peaceful environment. And that is what I am doing now onward. Say that I am not helping etc, whatever you want. I gave it out and never like what I got in return. You are on your own.
My world aside from food science is travelling, walking around the city side especially on a bright sunny day (shady day) is not bad too. Taking some picture and admire my own picture because it is rare for me to get a nice picture that I am satisfied. Recently, I am into reflection sceneries and they look amazing.
The sign of moon reflected on the waterline. It is amazing to see such a great place so close to the city life. Build a city next to these wonder of nature but preserve them well enough.
It is sad that I left UBC for two years- it felt like a long journey finding things that I like to do - tried a couple of positions in areas related to food. It is hard to imagine in my way to seek what I want and like, I have travelled through different industries that seems related but it is not, to an extent that a recruiter would questioned where I belong to. I just belong to the world of food.
I walked through a not-so typical path, only to realize what matters to me and the support given to me is enormous. I am fortunate that my parents didn't restrict what I am doing although they do have objection over what food industry offer. These different path brought me up as a writer, social media marketer with numerous opportunities creating marketing materials and customer engagement. It is a exciting moment to learn the difference between courses and the real experience dealing with sales data, sales forecasting and sourcing especially for food ingredients. It is simply what the older generations regards as experience.
What is in store for life? Like what my friend said, staring at foods. Sometimes, I get a question of why and how you can look at a food product for a long time. I guess it is called curiosity and the diversity nature of how our food are made available in the marketplace. Love and passion is an irrational things that only the alike would know how exactly it felt. I know many of my friends are passionate about food too but yet, are finding their ways through this maze and I can tell you that no matter how you walk through the maze, you earn valuable experience that it is copyrighted to yourself and it depends on yourself how you like to use them.
Live journey is long and one challenge comes after another. I thought school was tough and never realize it kept getting tougher and tougher. Tough time is not what everyone like to have. There were many occasion where I thought to gave up and questioned myself before anyone else did. It is very easy to give up but to remain, it is even harder. There is always that question of how come I am not aware or why I can't solve it?
Most of thoughts, thought process and approaches, the way I talk etc were different. The only difference is the strong passion that I can felt it gets so much stronger.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users.
Tweet me @felicialoo. Visit me at www.felicialoo.com
I am trapped in this dilemma of self-excited about my love and passion for food. While it is really important to love what I do, I need to learn that the world is about many other things that matter -the economic issues, public policies changes, political issues or event community happenings.
It seems difficult to catch up with these, trapped in my own world. I will make that change to move out slightly from my deep obsession to learn to be more concern about the world I live in- for the greatness of life.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.