You’re a qualified dietitian, now what?

This week I have seen so many photos of graduations flooding my social media feed – one of my favourite times of the year.

I know what a great feeling it is to have what will be one of the most important pieces of paper in your life in your hot little hands. It literally feels like overnight you go from student to dietitian. Uni may have been something that perhaps made you move away from your family, something that made you work late nights to put food on the table and a roof over your head, something that made you lose sleep for nights in a row trying to get an assignment in on time or cramming for an exam but something that will also set you up for the rest of your life.

Goodbye uni job, government benefits and all that blood sweat and tears and hello life.

For those of you that read my post about siblings day, you’ll know that my brother died 10 years ago. It was a Saturday and I was supposed to sit my final dietetic exam the following Thursday and start my placement the Monday after that, so you could say living away from home for 4 years was hard.

I think back and think that I missed out on 4 years of my brother’s life because of being at uni 8 hours away from home and you know what, no one knew what was going to happen, we never do and you really do have to follow your dreams and that’s what I was doing as hard as it was as I keep reminding myself. I remember being terribly homesick one time, phoning my mum in tears telling her I was never going back to uni. She flew me down to Albury on the smallest plane to ever exist I’m sure and Albury, I didn’t even know there was an airport there and after the weekend and a good old dose of mum, I was ready to head of back to get another semester under my belt. It’s hard, it really is. So that little piece of paper means so much more than just what is written on it.

For all of you who have just graduated, you have your whole career ahead of you which is scary as all hell, but also one of the most exciting times of your life. Some of you will know deep down the type of dietitian you want to be, the type of work you want to be doing and the type of people you want to work with and you will seek it out and fingers crossed it all falls into place. Some of you won’t know any of that right now and I’m going to tell you that’s ok too. Some of you will know what you want to do but the journey you are on to get there may take a little while longer than you anticipated.

For those of you who are struggling with employment, think about your skills.

What do you know what to do right now?

What are you comfortable doing right now?

How would you go about doing it?

Can you list three things that you would need to action in order to make you one step closer?

Can you make contact with one person who might be able to help you?


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