I like to redefine. This time around, I want to define the words 'skills'. We know skills are the important tools that we use to accomplished a task.
A lot of time, we are not acknowledging the skills we need until we really need it. Skills then, are define the important tools that one has when they need it.
Food science are a huge areas. A food scientist is expected to know everything from production to documentations. Imagine how much information that would be... One might argue that these information are standard type of information but the truth is every field has their own trick to their business. We don't regard ourselves as using food science skills when working as a food technologist because it has became a common practice of ours to go through production facility as per our food safety program. Things might go wrong at anytime- that is when our skills really shine out. Solving/ providing an immediate decision on what to do. Skills are not always regard as one until you need it.
I am not the purchasing person until I need the skills to source sample, getting a quote and recommending products that are best suited for the project. I know this is a task of purchasing department. I have been stealing other people job but it gives me top priorities to choose suppliers that I want without going to another person and explaining it to them, risking the possibility of misunderstanding.
Of course, one would argue this is a low level job that a manager wouldn't have time or need to do that. But, the pleasure of getting exactly what you need and building relationship with your suppliers- priceless.
Skills are worthy when you need it. The question is do we have the habit of accumulating these skills and hide them in our 'skill storage'.
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.