VOLUNTEERING WHILE STUDYING
Volunteering for MYTEAM Active as a Nutrition Assistant during my studies allowed me to gain experience and knowledge on a community basis. As a volunteer nutrition assistant, I was assisting in delivering sessions based on healthy eating and wellbeing for newly conceived mothers and babies using my knowledge and learning on nutrition and nutritional supplements. I was also supervising toddlers and babies during these practical sessions, as well as aiding in physical activity sessions. This opportunity not only allowed me to upskill my community and professional skills but also created my interest in paediatric nutrition.
FIRST JOB ON THE WARD
Working at Royal Brompton Hospital in the Rose ward was not only a privilege but a great dream of mine. I had the opportunity to work with children in the largest hospital for lung and heart disease patients. My job title was Special Feeds Unit Milk Technician. As the name implies, my role was to formulate, create and distribute specialised formula milk and breast milk prescribed by dietitians for children with special nutritional needs. The role entitled measuring out each feed by powder weight, preparing the feed using a standard formula, labelling each feed, ensuring the feed is chilled at the right temperature and sufficiently delivering these feeds to the ward. Additional duties also included correct storage and stock of milk formula and in special cases, monitoring additives when required.