Catherine White, a BSc Rural Business Management student at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland has pitched herself and her aspirations to a Dragons Den-style competition at The Fresh Careers Fair 2018 in London.
In recognition of her standout performance, she has won an iPad mini and gone away armed with advice and guidance from the experts.
Catherine said: “The Produce Dragons’ pitch provided a great opportunity to practice my interview skills and speak in front of potential employers … it has given a big boost to my confidence”.
“The Dragons were really positive about my employment prospects and gave me great advice about career progression in the food industry. They highlighted that the world really is your oyster.”
Produce Dragon Rupert Carter, who is the director of technical consultancy Veritech Services, said Catherine was “particularly competent” and “exceptionally confident.”
“In just 10 minutes we gained a lot of knowledge about Catherine; she did an amazing job,” he said. “Her passion and interest shone through, as she had a good balance of confidence alongside an eager desire to learn and move forward in the industry, especially in agriculture, where her heart lies.”
Carter believes White will go far in her career, having already studied various subject areas, including rural business management, food technology and food science. “We are sure that we will see more of Catherine in the coming years, and certainly it would be good to have Catherine and her fellow candidates stay in the fresh produce sector,” he added.
HE Team Lead for Rural Business at Duchy College, Jurie Intachat said “I am very proud of what Catherine has achieved at the Fresh Careers Fair. All of the students who attended found the event to be inspirational and informative.”