Sarah Day Levesque

Sarah Day Levesque

Food and Beverage Analyst


Mintel

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Had an interest in being part of positive change.
Realized agricultural development could help feed the world.
Majored in International Ag Development.
Realized I needed more tools so got my Masters in Ag Economics.
Did my masters research in Kenya and realized I might want to work in the US.
Got interested in Ag education.
Got job working on developing content for agricultural conferences.
Realized I wanted to do more ag/food research, took job at Mintel.

Education

High School
Bachelor
University of California-Davis
Graduate
Agricultural Economics
University of California-Davis

Career

Food and Beverage Analyst

I do research in agriculture and food markets.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

50% writing, 30% researching food markets, 10% filling out forms for data requests, 10% meetings with work team/calls with clients/interviews with journalists.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Writing skills, critical thinking skills, organization and being good with deadlines. Experience writing blogs, or for a school newspaper would be helpful. Jobs in journalism, or working in the research side of food or agriculture would also be helpful.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get a degree that requires you to either learn about the research process or journalism.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism/agricultural economics