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For David Walker, undertaking studies in Food Science and Nutrition has resulted in a great number of opportunities, allowing him to travel and work within all levels of the Australian food industry.
A 2001 graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) degree at Deakin Burwood, David is an account manager for Savannah Bio Systems based in Melbourne.
David says he thoroughly enjoys the challenge and hard work required to undertake his busy role.
"My work with Savannah Bio Systems involves technical sales and promotion of speciality food ingredients across all industrial food segments. I am lucky in that Savannah represents a number of international companies exclusively in Australia, so I get to enjoy travelling with our overseas partners and present different technologies to various Australian food companies at both manufacturing and management level."
"One of the highlights of my employment is seeing the products that I have been involved with succeed in the market place and having significant input into Australia's food systems and the general wellbeing of the population," he says.
David believes that his course at Deakin has had a very positive impact on his professional life and his education in the Australian food industry.
"I really enjoyed the relaxed learning environment of Deakin and studying with people who had the same interests and passions as me in health and food. The University offered me a dynamic learning environment, allowing students to explore progressive concepts while still learning the fundamentals relative to industry."
"My course helped me to become more self reliant and resourceful and importantly it helped me to consolidate some of the science and techniques used to develop food from concept to consumer," he said.
David explains that Deakin provides some great opportunities for students and graduates alike.
"During my final year at Deakin I got the chance to participate in the 35th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science Technology Convention Competitions where my team was runners up in the Student Product Development section. After I graduated I was able to put something back into University by helping to guide course development at Deakin as an Academic Advisory Board Member (ex-student in industry) for two years - both were great experiences," he said.
In the future David looks forward to furthering his understanding of technologies that improve the Australian food system and the wellbeing of the population whilst trying to fit in more time to travel, socialise with friends and surf.