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"It’s never too late to switch career-paths and start something new that you love."

"It’s never too late to switch career-paths and start something new that you love."

Headshot of Eoghan standing in front of a lake or reservoir smiling at the camera.

Eoghan is working with Nestlé while studying for a BSc Packaging Professional degree apprenticeship

"It’s never too late to switch career-paths and start something new that you love."

“I chose to do a degree apprenticeship because I wanted to start a new career, but it wasn't practical for me to return to university full-time. The packaging apprenticeship provided me with the opportunity to retrain in a field that interests me while putting the skills and knowledge into practice from day one.

"My role is to support in developing and deploying new confectionery packaging formats, technologies and materials. I am part of a team of nine packaging specialists, experts and managers. A key target for our team is helping the business transform its packaging so it is 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. To support this objective, I am conducting experiments on packaging properties and supporting the trialling of new sustainable materials across different formats.

"My apprenticeship has allowed me to develop a number of key skills such as project management. Within our business environment most of our work is focused on long-term projects, rather than day-to-day operations. This requires self-discipline and forward planning to ensure progress across several workstreams. Before my apprenticeship, I came from retail which is focused mainly on the day-to-day, thus required a major change in my mindset.

"It’s never too late to switch career-paths and start something new that you love. Going back to full-time education is impractical for many people, but apprenticeships provide the ability to study while working. Apprenticeships are not just for those that have left school, but for anyone with the drive to learn through practical and academic work.”

"It has been challenging switching to learning virtually over the past year, however with the help of the course’s academic advisor and course leader I have felt well supported to be able to continue my studies. Our course leader’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject have helped a great deal stay motivated through these difficult times.

“Once I’ve finished my studies ideally I wish to continue gaining experience within Nestlé, possibly within operations to broaden my skills, with the long-term plan to develop an area of expertise to specialise in research and development.”


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