Age – 23

At only 18 years old Monika flew over to Scotland for a work experience placement in Dundee. The placement was expected to last only a few weeks, but this has turned into a promising career for Monika and five years on, she has worked her way up Quality Systems Assistant for Highland Game.

“I didn’t plan to work in the food and drink industry long term but within a few days of starting my placement I realised that this was an amazing opportunity to start my career. When I started off, I was carrying out some basic quality checks – recording temperatures, filing and record checking – but very quickly I was able to take on more responsibility. I became Quality Controller for the factory and recently I was promoted to my current position working with the technical and operations managers.”

As well as Monika’s day-to-day job of assisting with all aspects of quality assurance, she also supports Highland Game events and product presentations where the team talk about their locally sourced products.

“Every day is full of new challenges and the possibility of continued development at Highland Game. When I started at the age of 18 and didn’t have a lot of experience but the team here have supported me and have helped me continue to grow and learn. This is one of the main things I love about the Scottish food and drink industry – people are willing to share their knowledge and experience.”

“The food and drink industry is getting bigger and better and it’s going to need a lot more people to support the growth. It’s important that young people bring new ideas and new ways to improve the industry.”

For Monika’s #ScotFoodGoals, she hopes that the Scottish food and drink industry will continue their work in promoting safe, healthy and high-quality Scottish products to support the growth in the sector and will continue their support of local products and local suppliers.

Monika’s confident that her career will continue within the industry and for her #ScotFoodGoals she hopes to continue to gain more experience in quality assurance and continue learning about the technical and operations side of food production in the hopes that she will be able to move into a managerial role in the near future.