What kind of people choose to study nutrition?
Here is what our second year students say...
"I am a diagnostic radiographer and came to nutrition practice out of an interest and my personal journey using nutrition."
"I am a chartered accountant and have always been interested in nutrition and health and it seemed like a good time in my life to make the move into this area."
"I have a degree in biological sciences and after a career break looking after children the time was right for a career change."
"I am looking for a career that follows on from outdoor education."
You will join a highly dedicated and committed group of students who give one another a great deal of mutual support and encouragement.
Students on our nutrition courses range in age from their twenties to sixty - something and come from all walks of life. Some of our students are already working in complementary or orthodox medicine and are seeking to expand their understanding and their therapeutic range. Others already have a degree (or work experience equivalent) and a passion for making a difference with nutrition science and practice.
Recent cohorts have included a chiropractor, a sports therapist, midwife, solicitor, nurse, acupuncturist, dentist, administrator, veterinary nurse and women returners. We find that this diverse mix creates a stimulating and supportive group of students. Life-long friendships are often made, and a lot of mutual support is given along the way. Our students bring a great deal of life and work experience with them, and we all learn from each other. Some of our students have already established successful careers in other, completely unrelated fields. Many have had nutrition consultations themselves, or have friends and relations who have been greatly helped.
One thing is for sure - all are inspired by our holistic approach to healing underpinned by a strong and coherent theory based on personalised medicine and research-based practice. No matter what background they come from our students are all united by one common goal - to help other people with nutrition practice.
Earning a living once you have qualified
Some students are already practitioners and are following the nutrition path as an adjunct to what they are already practising to improve their clients’ outcomes. Those who study nutrition science and practice as a new subject generally plan to turn it into a business. Working solely as a nutrition practitioner it helps to be eclectic in your approach. Whilst some prefer working one-to-one with clients, others pursue additional avenues to earn a living, such as workshops for specific groups, weight loss groups, presentations to the corporate sector, and workshops for parents and children in schools. With our postgraduate qualification you may find that teaching would appeal to you. There is nothing like a well-informed and passionate tutor to inspire students. Many of our students find that their dissertation leads them to a particular specialist subject. There is no doubt that a good marketing strategy will help enormously - we will help you to construct this. Networking is also key to becoming well known and establishing a busy practice. Finding a multidisciplinary clinic to work from can be invaluable for business.
Our graduates are able to build interesting careers both in private practice and in a wide variety of other nutrition-related careers.
Where are they now?
“I am now using nutrition in my existing practice and seeing excellent outcomes for my clients.”
“I have started my own practice. I am amazed, as I started the course wanting to learn all I could about nutrition, but I had no plans to be in practice. It is a real testament to the teaching, the clinics and topics covered on the course, that I feel I have become a confident nutrition practitioner.”
“In my own clinic, working alongside six osteopaths within the main leisure centre in my town.”
Graduate Anne Larvin:
"I’m involved in a very exciting project called Food Newcastle which is jointly funded by Public Health (Newcastle City Council) and Sustainable Food Cities (a joint undertaking of Sustain, Soil Association and Food Matters). The 3-year project is a partnership working across the public, private and voluntary sectors to promote a vibrant, healthy food culture in the city, addressing locally important priorities such as food access, food skills and dietary knowledge and food-related sustainability issues including food waste and local food production. The project website is www.foodnewcastle.org. As part of this project, I am leading the research group which includes members of Newcastle, Northumbria and Edinburgh Universities as well as the Newcastle NHS Trust. Our group is currently preparing a 19 page residents’ survey (of around 1000 residents) to find out about residents’ attitudes, behaviours and beliefs on food access, ‘healthy’ food, fish purchasing behaviours and food waste management. As well as using the data to develop programmes in the city, the intention is to publish a paper on the results in a peer-reviewed journal. As well as this major survey, we will be carrying out a mapping exercise on the foodscape in the city so that we can see the movement and availability of food from producer to retailer level. I’m also leading a working group in a particularly disadvantaged area of the city evaluating the different options for improving food access to different sections of the community – from social supermarkets, a mobile shop, a food buying group, food co-ops etc. As you can see, the work I am doing since completing my MSc is firmly in the public health arena rather than doing individual consultations – although I do undertake that as well, but in a much smaller way. It is enormously satisfying, fulfilling and frustrating work and I love it."