My name is Jacek J and I work for Xsova and I’m a senior laboratory technician in the pesticide department where we monitor the amount of pesticides in food samples, specifically fruits and vegetables. So we extract a sample and we run this extract on very high technology instruments and then we compare the result to the maximum residue level in food and then we report it to our clients. Maximum residue level is the level which is set by the legislation to every single pesticide and it shouldn’t be exceeded as it may be harmful for people.
At the age of 15, when I didn’t know what to do with my life as a career and when my mum advised me that maybe food technology college would be ok for me. So I was always interested in food science and also maths as well, so I decided that I’m going to do it so after five years of being in that subject I decided that I want to learn more about food so I went to the university of agriculture in Krakoff and I completed a masters degree in food technology and human nutrition. After university in Poland they sent me for a work experience here in the UK, there was like a project for students to help them get work experience so I came here and then after the work experience I cam e back to Poland, then after half a year I made a decision that working here and living here in Great Britain is actually better for me, more spectrum of possibilities of more things to do here with my career.
Originally I started as a technician in nutritional department but after a few years time there was a senior technician position available, I successfully applied for them. When I came here, it wasn’t easy but I knew that I wanted to start learning English as soon as possible so at work I could, people understood my situation and I was very for me, at the same time I started doing English class in college in microbiology, when the names are actually not either English or Polish but they are the same, so it was very easy yeah it was good.
As I think word belongs to brave people we have to do sometimes you know steps we don’t do we’re not really sure whether we’re going to go any further or not. For my close family nobody went to University I was the first one. My parents were working as farmers so I was the first one to go to university. At the moment they are both retired but they’ve been doing farming.
The beginning at school I didn’t know what I wanted to do as my career so I basically learned all the subjects I was interested in, it was maths and science so I was working very hard on them and I thought that it may be very useful for me in the future. So I was actually focused on the science and maths. In terms of the career progression I’m going to still level of myself and continue in food sciences. I mean like food technology is not just working in a laboratory it has a wide spectrum of possibilities, like working in a laboratory, quality control, food production, So its alright so Im going to stay in this field and then maybe in the future I will do a manager course or something so I can see myself maybe in a few years times become a lab manager. Every day I learn something new as everyday brings a new situation. We work on very high technology instruments so sometimes trouble shooting them is not really easy and I think I learn day by day but I think I’m confident I would say. I can say that I am a happy person and I can say also that I’m lucky person that I you know, decided to come here and I now live where I live and do what I do.