Oprah Winfrey once said, “Follow your passion and you will find your purpose”. This is how I feel about dietetics, but it was not that clear to me to start with.
I knew I wanted to work in the medical field, I had an interest in science and was good with people. After graduating with my dietetic degree, I completed a six-month internship in the neurology ward in a local district hospital in my hometown in Poland. My day-to-day responsibilities differed substantially from those of my current scope of practice as a Trauma Dietitian in a major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
It was the year of 1997 and the ward dietitian responsibilities consisted mainly of catering provision, supporting patients needing assistance with feeding and taking oral fluids.
After my internship I was forced to look for jobs outside of my main line of education due to lack of availability of dietetic posts. Shortly after, I found a job in a small company running a shop with specialist foods for those on food restrictions and special dietary needs. I have enjoyed the ins and outs of the business with developing managerial skills hence I was quite upset when my employment finished abruptly due to the business closure. I was given very little notice and had to quickly decide on the next steps.