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Episode 37 - Tips for starting and progressing your nutrition career

Released Wednesday, 12th August 2020
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Getting a nutrition job is HARD! 
The Dietetics Workforce Report 2018
  • There has been a 95% increase in dietetic grads over the last 7 years.
  • Grads in Vic ↑ from 65 to 127 per year from 2010 to 2016.
  • There is great concern that there is an oversupply of practitioners causing difficulties in new graduates finding positions and inhibiting movement for existing employees. 
  • Many grads are still seeking work up to 12 mths post graduation.
  • In this time, grads are driven to volunteering - but not always meaningful 
  • You are highly qualified. There is a significant need for your skills. We have an ageing population, chronic disease and dietitians provide such important prevention and management care
  • The report highlighted that Dietitians are highly qualified, however there are obvious gaps in business and professional skills in many courses. 
  • Despite working in a clinical role 30% of dietitians had no clinical supervisor.
Potential career pathways 
Clinical dietetics
  • Popular!
  • When we’ve advertised for grad jobs there have been >100 applicants. 
  • A quarter of organisations reported receiving >50 applicants for junior positions and advertisements were rare! 
  • Hard to get grad jobs 
Consultancy and private practice
  • Often don’t graduate with skills for business set up and challenging to dive into sole practitioner position without prior experience. Requires ++ mentoring and supervision. 
  • Important for your own development but also for the reputation of the profession 
Food service
Media and marketing
  • Don’t expect to get here straight away - need some experience behind you 
  • Be responsible with what you put out into the world, social media etc. Don’t know what you don’t know. 
Public health and nutrition
Eventually policy, health promotion, advocacy
  • Often start as a public health dietitian, community dietitian
Food industry
  • Consulting
  • Food analysis and product development, sensory evaluation
  • Food technology and science
  • Research 
Nutrition research and education
  • Generally requires specialisation and smaller projects or honours, masters, PhD
Our tips
  • Volunteer meaningfully
  • Upskill 
  • Get a mentor - a meaningful one
  • Apply for everything - know your limits/hard passes
  • Apply well
  • Prepare for interviews 
  • Seek feedback - and actually be prepared to take it 
Our upcoming workshops
Wed 26th Aug at 6pm 
Sun 29th aug at 2pm
Topics to cover 
How to land the job you want
  • Job application preparation
  • Interview (including phone/video interview) preparation 
  • Setting yourself apart 
  • What NOT to do! 
  • Volunteer / work experience opportunities
  • Professional development 
Finding your career niche / Progressing your career 
  • Specialising 
  • Quality projects opportunities in nutrition 
  • Education opportunities in nutrition 
  • Research opportunities in nutrition 
  • Conference / presentation opportunities 
Supervision and mentoring
  • Finding the right supervisor
Innovation in dietetics  
  • Identifying gaps
  • Pitching your idea
  • Introduction to grants and proposals 
  • Online 
  • 2hr workshop 
  • 2 sessions - one evening, one weekend 
  • ‘Take home’ toolkit of resources 

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