November 4, 2014, by Giselle Kennedy
Nourish your skills with the Communicating Nutrition Project
Calling all nutrition students! We have a module just for you! This week we shine the spotlight on to Communication Nutrition, a project based at Sutton Bonington. Not only does this project give you direct experience at making dietary recommendations to individuals within the community, but it also helps you to gain lots of transferable skills. We spoke with nutrition student, Lauren Cheng, who explained how the Nottingham Advantage Award helped to add a bit of flavour to her CV.
By Lauren Cheng
Getting involved with the community
When I saw the Communicating Nutrition Project advertised I thought it was a great chance to put some of my nutritional knowledge to use while helping out at the same time. Being a dietician would involve working in the community so I thought that doing the project would be a good learning opportunity as I hadn’t worked in the community setting before.
Our project for Hope Nottingham was to research the perceived barriers that stop vulnerable individuals in the Beeston area from receiving good nutrition and then finding solutions to these challenges. The project was very enjoyable and we saw how Hope Nottingham really appreciated the help.
It was a real eye-opener seeing the people that the charity helps and finding out more about them. You learn a lot more about the community by actually having hands-on experience rather than just imagining or reading something.
Learning by doing
Sometimes there were challenges like finding time to meet up and organising myself to research, but overall we all had an amazing time working on the project and with the charity. It was nice to see students from other years as well as find out more about my own personality and skills through taking part in the workshops that the Careers and Employability Service organise to help us along the way.
Finishing the Communicating Nutrition Project developed many skills such as teamwork, communication, research and my presentational ability. Thankfully they’re all transferable and can help me to apply for other jobs in the future. I would strongly encourage students to do this project as it teaches you much more than what you could get from sitting in a lecture.
A talking point
You can put down on your CV that you completed this project and it’s something you can talk about when you have interviews. It’ll be something different for employers to see, as you will be a skilled volunteer applying your own knowledge.
If you enjoy working with people, then this project will be really beneficial to you. You get to talk to people and see the troubles they are going through and at the end of the project you can make a great difference to their lives.
If you’ve been inspired by Lauren’s story and you are also a nutrition student, it’s not too late get involved with the Communicating Nutrition Project. Applications close on Friday 7 November, 5pm. If you are interested in doing other modules as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award, please visit Workspace for more information.