Getting a Job & Carving out a Career in Nutrition

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade! January is typically a time for change and forward planning. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the winner of our last poll to decide this month’s chat topic was career development and job searching. Thank you to all of you that took time to vote.

Join us 8-9pm (GMT) on Tuesday 21st January to discuss careers in nutrition, with particular focus on how to find a job and how to best carve out a career, whatever your field.

This chat is intended to be helpful for everyone across all stages of their nutrition career. Career development is an ongoing challenge and we can benefit from career advice and support along the way. Many of you will have valuable advice to share with others – we encourage RNutrs to share their experiences.

Something that is new for @AfNutr this month – we have three special guests to help us moderate:

Anna Wheeler and Dr Danielle McCarthy, founders of Nutrition Talent, will share their experience of managing a nutrition focused recruitment agency to the chat.

Zoe Griffiths has a passion for sharing job opportunities and supporting fellow nutritionists in their career.

The questions for this month’s chat are below. Remember to use #NutrJobs for all your answers and start your answers with A1, A2 etc.

Q1: What advice do you have for AfN Registrants either starting out or developing their career in nutrition?

Q2: Where are the key places to look for nutrition jobs, career advice and resources?

Q3: Volunteering, at any stage in your career, is an excellent way to gain experience and new skills. Share your examples of volunteering.

Q4: Transferable skills are essential for securing any job. What are the key transferable skills for nutritionists and how do you reflect on these in your CPD?

Q5: Over to you…What questions would you like to ask in relation to nutrition careers or gaps in CVs?

Q6: Share your advice in applying for nutrition jobs and preparing for interviews.

AfNutr's Alternative Advent

As an alternative to a chocolate advent calendar and our December chat, we have created a Twitter Christmas countdown.

Each day there will be a tip or nugget of information for AfN registrants – all of which are intended to be conversation starters!

Be part of our Alternative Advent by replying to our posts in a thread-like fashion. Don’t forget the hashtag #AfNutrAdvent.

We look forward to reading your tweets (whilst eating a mince pie, or two!) 🎅🏻

Red and Processed Meat

Image Source @AfNutr

Thank you to all those who voted in our Twitter poll to help us decide on this month’s twitter chat topic. The topic of November’s @AfNutr chat is Red and Processed Meat #RedMeatChat

A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine questioned the strength of evidence behind public advice to eat less red and processed meat for reducing cancer risk. As a result, there was a flurry of media coverage and headlines that called into question the advice given on meat consumption based on the findings of this one study.

Join us 8-9pm (BST) on Wednesday 13th November (note – that our chat this month is on a Wednesday instead of our normal Tuesday slot) to discuss all things red and processed meat.

So, what’s the beef with red and processed meat? Twitter chat questions are below.

Remember to use #RedMeatChat for all your answers and start your answers with A1, A2 etc.

Q1: What roles do red and/or processed meat play in the diet?

Q2: What are the dietary recommendations for red and processed meat, and how do they compare to current intakes?

Q3: What does evidence say about red and processed meat consumption and their impact on health?

Q4: Is eating red meat environmentally sustainable?

Q5: There is a growing market for red meat alternatives, what type of products are available and how do they compare nutritionally to meat products?

Q6: Share any interesting research or facts on red and/or processed meat.

Nutritionist’s Role In Policy

Our next chat, Tuesday 15th October, 8-9pm GMT, is focusing on nutrition policy. We will focus on how evidence based policy can have positive outcomes for public health and how we, as nutritionists, can get involved in the policy process.

Evidence based nutrition policy, whether at a national, international, industry level or within a business, school, non-governmental organisation or charity can have powerful and very positive benefits on the lives of the people that policy targets.

Below are the questions for our next chat. Remember to use #NutrPolicy for all your answers and to label your answers A1/A2 etc.

Q1: Evidence and expert opinion is used to inform government advice and policy on nutrition, how can nutritionists contribute to this process?

Q2: What UK government or international guidelines/publications do you use to inform your work?

Q3: With the UK’s exit from the EU looming, what opportunities and considerations does this present in terms of diet and nutrition?

Q4: What current or upcoming consultations could Nutritionists get involved in?

Q5: What impact does policy have? Share examples of the benefits to the population.

Q6: Share your experiences of working within nutrition policy. Do you have any questions related to policy that haven’t been covered?

Let’s talk weight!

Source: World Obesity Federation image bank

We can’t wait to get started after our Summer break – we are refreshed and ready to go! Our next Twitter chat will be held on Tuesday 17th September, 8 – 9pm (GMT). We hope you are looking forward to chatting with us again!

If you have had a break from Twitter over the Summer, you can check out our top tips for tweeting here to help you get back in the swing.

Over the Summer, we have been very aware of the controversy surrounding the Cancer Research UK obesity campaign and the recent WW (formerly Weight Watchers) weight management app for children and teenagers. We felt it timely to discuss how we, as nutritionists, talk about weight, use terms like ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’ and consider the effect of weight stigma and weight bias on people’s mental and physical well-being.

This is a sensitive area for so many reasons so please take a moment to look at our recently launched guidance on maintaining professionalism on social media. It seems a good time to highlight some of the messages here to help us navigate this chat in a professional and sensitive manner.

Use #talkweight for all tweets and remember to number your start with A1 or A2 etc.

Q1: What does the evidence show us about the impact of weight stigma on people’s mental and physical health?

Q2: How do we raise the topic of overweight and obesity appropriately with individuals? How we do discuss this topic with groups that we work with?

Q3: What are non-diet approaches and what role can they play in healthy weight management?

Q4: As Nutritionists, what can we do to support people leading healthier lives?

Q5: How can we ensure the language we use has a positive impact on the culture around weight?

Q6: Share any good tips, resources or positive experiences you’ve had working in this field.

We are taking a short break – join us at the end of summer

After our very first #AfNutrChat in January 2019, we find ourselves wondering how it is June already! Our monthly chats have been a roaring success and we feel it is only fair that we take a breather for a couple of months. But not to worry, we will be back in August 2019 with our batteries charged! (We will still be tweeting from @AfNutr, so please do keep tagging us in your posts!)

We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in and helped us spread the word of @AfNutr chats – it would not have been possible without you all.

As always we want to hear from you – please do get in touch with us if there are any nutrition topics that you would like us to cover in future chats. Contact is via AfNutr@gmail.com or DM on twitter @AfNutr

Have a healthy and nutritious summer!

Moving from ANutr to RNutr

Our next chat, 21st May between 8-9pm (UK time), is rapidly approaching and we will be focusing on the move from ANutr to RNutr. We suspect this will be a popular chat for all the ANutr followers. Preparing your portfolio can feel really daunting and this chat will connect you with others in a similar situation. More importantly, we hope that we will have lots of RNutrs ready and waiting to give tips and advice.

We have received lots of questions from ANutrs, we will try to include these questions and answers to them within the chat in the most relevant Q. We have chosen six open questions to structure the discussion, here they are:

Q1: What are the main challenges for preparing and writing your portfolio to transfer from ANutr to RNutr?

Q2: How to get started. How do I organise evidence for my portfolio?

Q3: How do I structure my personal statement? RNutr’s please share any tips you have for personal statement writing.

Q4: Core Compentency 5 (Professional Conduct section) is often difficult for ANutr’s to digest. From PC1 – PC13, which elements do you find most challenging?

Q5: It is important for ANutrs to be mentored. Share your mentoring experiences.

Q6: After you have gained RNutr status what happens next? What are the benefits/advantages of becoming a RNutr?

Protein – What, when and why?

With the market for plant-based products and high protein diets booming, protein popularity continues to soar.

Join us on Tuesday 23rd April to discuss all things protein, from 8-9pm (GMT) #NutrPRO 

Q1: What role does protein play in human/animal health and why have high protein diets become so popular?

Q2: At what stages throughout the lifespan are protein requirements higher? How can we help achieve adequate protein intake during these phases?

Q3: What role does protein play in sports and exercise nutrition? Are protein supplements necessary for the general public following recreational exercise?

Q4: In what ways is the timing of protein intake and protein quality important?

Q5: What impact could protein innovation have on daily intakes?

Q6: What are the most interesting research findings relating to protein that you want to share?

Nutrition in Social Media and the Digital World

Here they are, the questions for our Twitter Chat on Tuesday 19th March 8-9pm (GMT) to discuss ‘Nutrition Communication in Social Media and the Digital World’. We are looking forward to a lively and friendly chat, putting social media to good use for nutrition communication. #NutrSocial

Q1: What are the advantages of using social media for nutrition communication?

Q2: What are the drawbacks and barriers of using social media as a nutrition professional? What prevents others in the field from using social media?

Q3: Maintaining professional integrity on social media is key; share your tips on promoting positive communication and handling negativity.

Q4: What can we learn from recent research in the area of nutrition and social media?

Q5: Consumers can often receive confusing nutrition messages, how can we improve communication through social media/digital means?

Q6: With the rise of online influencers, how can we make our professional evidence-based voices heard?