I lived on the Gold Coast for 7 years after moving from England with my family. I worked at a health food shop when I first moved over and it was then I realised I wanted to learn about health and be able to answer all the questions the customers would ask me. So I enrolled to become a dietitian at QUT in Brisbane. I After finishing my studies at QUT, I decided to move to Sydney for a change of scenery. I now live here at Bondi.
Tell me a little bit about your job and/or describe a typical day for you?
I work at Corporate Bodies International, a corporate health company that has locations all throughout Australia. All throughout my studies I wanted to work in corporate health so I was so pleased to start working here. I love what I do and I really look forward to going to work.
Every day is a little different, but I’ll either be in the office, or out onsite. In the office, I organise upcoming projects for my clients which involves some project management, write content for our health communications, help develop new products and services (at the moment I am sourcing items for a fitness pack) and of course, some administration tasks! When I am out the office, I will either be meeting with clients to start to plan their upcoming programs, or I will be delivering the program. These include health expos, workplace health assessments, cooking demonstrations, seminars, lifestyle challenges and so on. It can get quite busy having multiple clients who all have different programs, so being organised helps!
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I love the company I work for. I work with very motivated, passionate people who inspire me every day and make me want to do the best job I can. I am able to not only develop my dietetic skills, but so many other skills like project management and marketing skills doing this work. I also like the travel as I get to see parts of Australia I otherwise wouldn’t. This week I have been working in Brisbane helping the team there run some expos, and next week I will be flying to Coffs Harbour one day and Dubbo another to run health expos, so that will be fun! And of course, I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t enjoy talking to all the participants involved in the programs! It feels great to go home at the end of the day knowing something you have said has helped someone make an improvement in their lifestyle.
What would be your number one tip to someone starting their career in dietetics?
I’d recommend trying to get some experience before graduating. It can help you realise what area you want to work in, and also shows potential employers that you are motivated in finding your own opportunities. I did two internships while I’ll was studying, one with a mining company and one with the Department of Health in London. Having these experiences cemented the fact I wanted to work in corporate health so it helped guide me in what roles I applied for.