Science delivering medical nutritional therapy. A registered

Science In Practice – Career Analysis

 

1.   
Career Roles and Responsibilities of a Registered
Nutritionist.

 

In
healthcare, there are opportunities for work in hospitals providing advice to
patients about diets and delivering medical nutritional therapy. A registered
nutritionist can work in the management of food 
service department of hospitals where they will supervise the purchasing
and preparation of food. Futhermore, as a nutritionist, one can provide
wellness services, such as weight management programmes.

 

There
are also options to work to work in the sports industry as a fitness consultant
where guidance can be offered on the appropriate nutrition programmes and
regimens aimed at increasing fitness and health. Advice can be given to
athletes on which dietary regimens will improve their performance based on
their particular sport, body type and individual goals.

 

In
the hospitality industry, a nutritionist can work as a recipe development
consultant. Or similarly, In the food processing industry, it is possible for a
registered nutritionist to work in the product development sector where their
knowledge will be useful in developing food products. They will be able to
provide communication and insight to the general public or even work alongside
marketing departments of food companies to align the advertising strategies.
Another opportunity involves work as a food researcher and an expert on
consumer dieting habits to contribute to product improvement and innovation. It
is also an option for a nutritionist to work in the food processing industry to
protect the welfare and interests of consumers.

 

A
registered nutritionist could also work for the government in the social
welfare and developmental department. In this department, the nutritionist will
assist in the development of nutritional

programmes
for different communities and population groups. The nutritionist can work in
the public health department of the government to increase awareness about
nourishing dietary habits and overcoming or preventing nutritional diseases and
conditions. They can work alongside the government to monitor nutritional
habits and provide solutions to improve the quality of life of the general
population through healthy nutritional habits. The nutritionist can also work
with educational institutions to offer advice or oversee food service,
preparation, storage and dietary schedules.

 

There
is also an option work in private practice starting a nutrition counselling
company that will work with a wide range of organisations on wellness issues.
The nutritionist will provide dieting advice and services to people with
chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Under contract
with business corporations, one can work to provide consultation on wellness
programs, offer research services to educational institutions, medical centres
and hotels to expand the existing knowledge on nutrition. It is even possible
to provide education to care professionals in hospitals on nutritional therapy
procedures.

 

To
achieve my career and professional goals, I will need to improve my expertise
by undertaking a master’s degree in the field of nutrition or dietics. A master’s
degree will enhance my competitiveness and set me apart in a field saturated
with registered nutritionists with bachelor’s degrees. To improve my stature in
the field, I will pursue research with universities, government agencies and
private sector companies on issues focused on nutrition and public health. I
will register with the Associations of Nutrition and British Association for
Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy to improve my credibility as a
registered nutritionist operating in the United Kingdom. Moreover, I will enrol
in professional courses and seminars to broaden my knowledge and
qualifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAIN
Analysis

 

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

Personal: punctual,
enthusiastic, innovative, independent, a problem solver, skillful, a
good communicator and a highly reliable person. I am also socially
perceptive and empathetic.
Academic: inquisitive,
well-organized, hard-working, well-versed in the course content, an avid
reader and respectful of lecturers and my peers. I also take feedback and
criticism on board.

Personal: lack of confidence
to participate in conversations in lectures and tutorials. Gets stressed
easily prior to written exams.
 
Academic: research skills are inadequately developed and an appropriate
learning method to thoroughly absorb information is still to be discovered.

Aspirations

Interests

Academic: I aim to increase my
knowledge by completing a doctorate,
completing professional courses and attending relevant seminars. I aspire to
become a registered nutritionist of repute,
working in private practice with an extensive list of clients. Finally, I
seek to be an inspiration to other nutritionists by being exemplary in my practice and guiding
aspiring nutritionists. 
Other: Desire to work abroad
and experience a new culture.
 

Academic: Dietetics and human
physiology.
Other: literature, art,
music, dance, travelling, photography
and connecting with new people in the professional and social sphere.

Needs

Self-confidence –
work on asking questions during lectures.
Explore more learning
methods.
I need to improve my professional qualifications and skills
continually by attending more relevant events, talks or webinars.
I need to improve my
research skills and improve my pace of work.
 

 

 

2.   Letter of Application

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

         I
wish to express my enthusiastic interest in the position of Nutritionist and
Lifestyle Consultant in your company as advertised in Reed.co.uk.

I am a Registered
Nutritionist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. I have in-depth knowledge
of food science and dietetics having completed my course with exceptional
grades. I have knowledge of human
physiology and have experience working with people in nutritional change. I am
ready to apply that knowledge to improve the wellness of clients in the fitness
programs. I have skills in nutritional
regimes and implementing nutritional therapy.

I have excellent
communication skills which come in handy when establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with clients.
My organisational skills will enable the
implementation of my duties in the tireless
and demanding position as a nutritionist. I have a passion for wellness, and my greatest
satisfaction is in helping clients to meet their health and fitness targets.
Furthermore, I am motivated, hardworking, goal-oriented and flexible.

I believe that my
combination of skills, professional
capabilities and personal attributes are perfect for the position. 

My C.V is attached. I
look forward to discussing my qualifications for the position with you.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Rosanna Flynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Reflection of Skills

 

Working as an amateur in the lab, I have
developed many skills that I feel are essential to my academic and professional
development. The first skill I have developed though laboratory work is data
collection and analysis. I have gained the skills over the course of
undertaking experiments, making observations, recording the data, and evaluating
the data to understand the observations. Data analysis has improved my
competence in working with statistics and representing the statistics in a way
that is easy to understand and interpret. The data analysis skills enable me to
identify relationships between variables and to identify patterns in the data. I
am learning to accept that not all experiments will produce the results I hope
for and that any anomalies can be legitimately explained when the reasons and
possibilities for any inaccuracies are explored. The analytical skills I have
gained are important in my professional development as a nutritionist.

 

The next skill I have developed is the
ability to work within a team. Lab experiments usually involve more than one
person carrying out specific tasks towards a common goal and different tasks
should be carried out by each team member for speed and efficiency. Working in
teams has improved my communication skills and ability to coordinate with
others. Teamwork has enhanced by conflict management skills and ability to
negotiate with other people towards a more favourable outcome. Another skill
that I have developed from experimentation is the capacity to use, calibrate
and manipulate different instruments such as the spectrophotometer, the
microscope, the measuring devices and the weighing scales. However, I still
feel that I need more time with these instruments so that I do not have to keep
referring to my notes when using them.  

 

One particular area that I feel has been
problematic during experiments which require taking measurements is my lack of
knowledge of conversions. I have written a list of relevant conversion in the
back of my lab book to refer to during the sessions.

 

In general, laboratory work has improved
my planning and organising abilities because experiments require preparation
and effective management.

4.   Scientific Method

 

Using science, we try to explain how and why
things ensue, in order to gain knowledge about the world. Scientific research
can eventually lead to crucial discoveries, which have the potential to improve
the way we live. Every day, society makes decisions that may be based on what
science says, such as what food to eat, how we educate our children, or even
how to dress or act to become successful. Scientists come up with theories and
then they test them to see if they are correct and this is done through the
process of investigations, experimentations, collecting data, analysing data, and making interpretations from
the data.

 

During our practical sessions, we carry
out experiments which are initiated by a question or the need for an answer.
For example: “What will happen to potato chips when submerged in varying
concentrations of sucrose solutions?” A hypothesis is developed to describe the
expectations of the laboratory work once thorough background research on the
particular subject has been done. A hypothesis is a potential explanation for
an observed event, or a proposed experimental procedure.

 

The design of experiments must provide
data to confirm or rebute the hypothesis. Care should be taken to ensure
experiments are reliable and reproducible and if necessary, they should include
both negative and positive control groups. It is important for all variables to
be kept constant or monitored.

 

Once data is collected, it is then analysed to formulate
a conclusion, which is then evaluated to determine whether it is in
alignment with the hypothesis. Finally, the results of the laboratory work are documented and communicated to other
faculty members and students to review.