'I believe that taking this course, with its breadth, depth and scope provides an invaluable foundation for anyone looking to work in the industry as well as for professionals to further expand their knowledge; the learning never ends.'
Before I began the diploma program, I had been learning about the perfume industry by seeking out seminars and listening in on lectures, using press passes to gain access to industry events, which were generally not open to the public. Trying to understand the industry in this way - what it is comprised of and what drives it - was challenging, partly because I was limited to events held in Europe and to the subject matter these touched upon. Two years into my journey, I discovered the ICATS/ IFEAT course, a program designed specifically to build a thorough foundation in a practical and cogent manner by, for example, teaching about techniques used in fragrance and aroma molecule creation while simultaneously considering relevant aspects like intellectual property protection.
Unexpectedly, only weeks into my studies I found myself stranded in California as the Covid-19 crisis prompted worldwide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders became widespread in the United States. What was initially planned as a three-week stay quickly turned into three months. Thankfully, I had most of my course materials with me digitally and I had brought a few of my books as well. My Tutor, Dr. Curtis, kindly emailed me any materials I was missing (including entire modules) and fully supported the sudden change in submission schedules. Ultimately, as unusual as this time has been, it has allowed me to focus on the studies and shortened my self-set deadlines significantly. That is not to say that I wished to accelerate the process, but to demonstrate the flexibility of the program and show that it is possible to pursue it whether on a full-time basis or while working nine to five. I believe that taking this course, with its breadth, depth and scope provides an invaluable foundation for anyone looking to work in the industry as well as for professionals to further expand their knowledge; the learning never ends.
Here at ICATS we wish Vanessa every success in her continuing studies and her career in the industry.