“Move or you’ll never work again”, I was told from a recruiter over a year ago. I had returned her call to be polite, and she was the one being rude. Flavor scientist careers are centered in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Chicago. My family liked living in the Pacific Northwest and my husband’s business was doing well, we weren’t moving for a job.
The words stung, none-the-less, and the trapped feeling I had for years started suffocating me. I hung up and started crying and my husband asked me why I didn’t tell her off. Deep down, I was frightened she was right. Managing a beverage flavor lab would be a good job and perhaps I should move.
After a good cry, I decided it was up to me to stop feeling trapped and change my outlook on life. Bully behavior is only effective if you are scared. My daughter, who was 5 years out of her brain tumor diagnosis, didn’t require expensive medical treatment and we didn’t need the typical salary that a flavor chemist makes. Flavor companies do well financially and flavors can have 60% margins. If you are able to create these flavors, you’ll be paid well.
The joy of being a flavor chemist is that you have the opportunity to work with a variety of food and beverage manufacturers and keep up with current market trends. My ideal job was working at the Flavor Evaluation Center for a previous employer. That center’s job was buying new products, giving evaluations and verifying that the company could make such products. My husband set me online with my own Flavor Evaluation Center and it’s called www.flavorscientist.com. I don’t get paid for flavorscientist.com, but it brings me joy and I am happy to connect with others.
Thankfully, I found a paying job working on food quality and safety that allows me to attend a Masters program in Food Safety on the side. I was not trapped; I just had handcuffs that I needed to take off.
A beautiful quote about fear from Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”