What did you study prior to training to be a Dietitian?
I completed four ‘A’ levels in Biology, Chemistry, History and General Studies at high school in Leeds. I studied at University of North London for 4 years Bsc (Hons) Nutrition with Biology (Dietetics)
What influenced your choice of profession?
I was always interested in working in healthcare and my initial interest was to be a nurse/midwife.
My school had a NHS Careers day and gave out a pack of AHP information sheets which included one about being a Dietitian and the qualifications needed. This is what sparked my interest in training to become a Dietitian.
What were your thoughts before and after becoming a Dietitian?
Before studying – At the time I didn’t know anyone that was a dietitian and what the role of the dietitian was.
After qualifying I wanted to work in community but at the time, I knew I would have to gain experience on hospital wards/clinics. This has now changed after qualifying, dietitians can work straight away in community settings as a Band 5.
Were you aware of other health professional courses before choosing your choice of career?
Yes – Physiotherapist, Pharmacist, Nurse and Midwife but Dietetics was the right choice for me.
Any lightbulb moments experienced during your course/whilst working?
The career of a dietitian can be very varied.
I have worked in many different places both small and large towns/cities over the years as a dietitian. I have also used my skills in my personal life delivering dietary presentations to improve people’s health