Title: Senior Research Associate
Company or Employer Name: FMC Corporation, Food Ingredients
Degree(s), institutions where degree(s) were earned, years earned: Florida Institute of Technology; University of Maine; no degree earned
How I Got My Job:
I am now a Senior Research Associate for FMC Food Ingredients, but I got here in an untraditional way.
While I received some higher education, family obligations prevented me from completing a degree. Instead, I applied to be a production worker at Marine Colloids in Rockland, Maine, with no past experience. I completed eight hours of intense labor and came back the next day, so I was hired.
The production work and subsequent training in the Quality Control Lab enabled me to understand the differences in carrageenan products as well as the characteristics each product imparted to viscosity, gelling and stability.
I moved through departments and believe the progression from production to basic extracts to blended products to applications development seemed like natural steps to develop the knowledge needed to be of value to the customer using the finished product.
When FMC Marine Colloids and FMC Food and Pharmaceutical Products Division merged, I became part of the Technical Service group of the FMC Food Ingredients Division.
I am now a Senior Research Associate. Considered one of FMC’s premier technical resources on ingredient functionality, I have lectured at major universities around the world on carrageenan, microcrystalline cellulose and alginates. Mentors explained to me that an employee who wants to become valuable will try to learn as much as possible each day. While a degree would be necessary in today’s world, I made the most out of every opportunity to learn, ask questions, and become the well-respected research associate I am today.