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Head in the Books, Body Behind the Bar…

By Katy Skillen, nutrition and dietetics student blogger Rent, sports memberships, nights out… the costs of being a student can rack up fast and before you know it, you’re £500 deep in an overdraft and eating super noodles for the fifth night in a row. So, how can we find a way to better manage …

Hospital Placement: The Ultimate Run Down

By Katy Skillen, third-year MNutr Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Student I have just completed my first month of placement in an NHS hospital. If you study a healthcare degree, like medicine or nursing, you will likely have some placement within the NHS. This is an exciting and enlightening experience, and you gain so much …

Virtual Placement: Here’s What I’ve Learned

By Katy Skillen, third-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student  As part of my degree, I’ve just completed three weeks of a virtual placement, before starting in-person at a hospital this week. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a virtual placement, but it was actually a really interesting learning experience! So, here are some …

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How To Be a STAR

By Katy Skillen, third-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Recently, I’ve been trying to use the STAR (situation, task, action, and result) technique in interviews. This method helps you systematically answer application or interview questions. It helps you include all the key points that interviewers want, but without going off on a tangent. STAR …

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A Spotlight on Tutoring

By Katy Skillen, third-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student Throughout the past year, I have worked as a part-time GCSE and A-Level tutor through an online tutoring site. While the thought of another ‘from your bedroom’ activity might seem like a curse, I have actually found it perfect for me! I believe that online …

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Do Open Book Exams Boost Career Skills?

By Katy Skillen, third-year MNutr Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student Exam season is looming… but this year I don’t have that big sense of dread that normally accompanies this time. And the reason why? Open book exams! If there is one thing that I would like to thank Covid-19 for, it’s the emergence of …

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Dissertations and Projects That Influence Your Career Part 2: Interviews

By Katy Skillen, third-year MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics student I’ve recently been given my title for my dissertation next year and I’m very excited about it! Dissertations or final year projects take up a lot of time and it becomes a huge part of your final year at university. So, it’s natural that you’ll want …

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Dissertations/Projects That Influence Your Career Part 1: CV

By Katy Skillen, third-year MNutr Nutrition and Dietetics Student It is always really useful to outline your skill set on a CV so that employers can immediately see what a fantastic candidate you are! Also, if you have done a dissertation, then you are bound to have obtained a lot of useful and relevant skills …

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How Can We Achieve Career Fulfilment?

By Katy Skillen, third year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student. It’s now been around a year since Lockdown 1.0 was announced. By now we have all adjusted to a slightly more monotonous and repetitive way of life. And this might not just be in our personal lives, but in our professional lives as well. …

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Going on Placement? Time to Get Excited!

By Katy Skillen, third year nutrition and dietetics student A few weeks ago, I found out that my placement for next year has been confirmed! Despite all the difficulties brought about by Covid-19, with lots changes and uncertainty, I can now say that in July this year I will be heading off to complete NHS …

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