JESS CAMPBELL
Nutritionist. Medical Student. Nigella Fangirl. Bookshelf Elf. Tiramisu Connoisseur. Intuitive Eater.

So! You want to be a Nutritionist or Dietitian? Maybe you’re about to start your study or you’re nearing the end of your degree (Congrats!).

Maybe you’ve got “that piece of paper” and SO much knowledge…but where to from here?

 

Thinking about Private Practice?

Here are a few tips and things to think about before embarking on a career in private practice…

    • It’s tough out there – there’s no sugar coating that fact, so be prepared to struggle at times and work hard. Success doesn’t come over night for most, but working in private practice for yourself, or within a team is extremely rewarding. Establishing yourself takes perseverance, hard work and long hours!

 

    • You might need to start small or ‘safe’, starting your practice one or two days a week with income supporting you from another role is an attractive option.

 

    • Find your niche and rock it! Do not, and I repeat, do not try to be all things to everyone. You will burn out.

    • Have confidence, or at the very least slap a smile on and stand tall ***no one needs to know if you’re winging it!***

 

    • Don’t be afraid to colour outside the lines, being unique, creative and fuelled by passion will help you shine in this industry.

 

    • Always, always, always, speak the truth & your truth. Don’t buy into the latest trend, stick to your guns even if it’s a little scary.

    • Be fearlessly visible. Let your voice be heard, on the interwebs, social media, heck to anyone who wants to hear it!

 

    • Network. Do not underestimate the power of a genuine network of like-minded colleagues. Especially if you’ve had a schamozzle of a day or you need to bounce ideas around.

    • Connect with other fields and professionals, cross refer, work together, support your clients with a multidisciplinary approach.

 

    • Read, listen, research. Stay up-to-date in your chosen niche.

 

    • Realise you don’t need (nor can you) be the ‘expert’ in every area of nutrition, know and accept your limitations – establish a good referral network so you know who you can refer clients out to should you need to.

 

 

    • Get yourself a mentor & engage in reflective practice.

Bottom line: if you’re passionate about the work you do and the people you serve, things just have a way of falling into place!

Jess x

Jess is the lead nutritionist at Body Balance Nutrition and a clinical skills coach for nutrition professionals entering private practice.

Jess is the lead nutritionist at Body Balance Nutrition and a clinical skills coach for nutrition professionals entering private practice.