Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Contemplating my career

I'm not a big soup person. However, it is a nice quick meal and last night, I didn't feel like eating much except for the Amy's lentil vegetable soup I picked up at the store over the weekend.

The flavor of the vegetables was reminiscent of other Amy's products. The soup didn't taste salty and the veggies tasted fresh. I'd buy it again.

I had half of it for dinner last night and half for lunch today. I dipped a Wasa cracker in it and also added some monterey jack cheese, which was a great addition.


My afternoon snack was a blood orange Chobani. Thanks for all of your giveaway entries so far! I knew my readers would love Chobani as much as I do! If you haven't entered, remember that you have until Friday.


I spent some of my day contemplating my career. This article entitled "Advocates for good eating habits" was in the paper yesterday that really made me think I ought to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. It has stability and I need that in my career right now because I am not getting it from my current field.

I'll end with this quote, which is along the lines of how I've been thinking lately. I agree, but I can't help but get very excited when I think about going back to school to formally learn about nutrition.

"For many people a job is more than an income - it's an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life."-Paul Clitheroe

Do you like your job? If not, why?


  1. I have not liked any of my jobs that I have had since I finished grad school. I too am in the process of exploring new opportunities and deciding whether or not to go back to school and see what is out there. I think the problem with my jobs is that they don't have a lot of daily human interaction and though I know they benefit society as I am a government employee, I don't see the actual day in day out benefits of my work and what I can do for people. Plus the traveling (specifically changing air pressures) with my current job is giving me migraines that leave me sick for weeks on end, which makes living life not so much fun. Good luck in your search for a new career! I hope we both find ourselves on the path toward something we are passionate about in the near future.

  2. Good for you! Sounds like you know what you want, go out and get it.

  3. grad school is my job right now, so even though i don't really enjoy everything i'm doing right now (writing and analyzing data aren't my favorite things), i'm excited about the opportunities that will be open to me once i finish up my phd & iin both this year! :)

    good luck with everything making your decision about going back to school!

  4. A career change is a big deal, however I believe that everyone deserves to find a job that doesn't feel like work. If that means going to school to become an RD, so be it! Cheers to your journey in figuring out your next step, and kudos to you for having the guts to do so.

  5. I'm a Registered Dietitian and I absolutely love what I do. That said, my job as an RD is nothing like I "thought" it would be. I think the blog world represents a very small fraction of people who LOVE nutrition and are passionate about it...wanting to make change. Most RD's don't work with that population, but more of a sickly, non-compliant, unengaged crowd. It takes a special person to "get in" with those individuals and that's where a lot of RD's end up -- working with people who probably don't want to work with them...at least in the beginning :) It can be tough! Nutrition is a huge field of medicine and I think most RD's end up in medicine - a hospital or long-term care facility...not always the one-on-one in an office that we wish it were!

  6. Nicole, Thank you so much for the advice. This is exactly the insight I was seeking in my search for how I will transition to a nutrition based career. The type of feedback you gave me is what I have been giving students and volunteers who are going into the field I am currently in. I would rather know the realities than picture a completely different world. Your comment means so much.

  7. Sometimes all it takes is having a better boss (or boss's boss). Though I'm only a little over a month into a change, I am having faith restored in my chosen career path. The heirarchy around here has changed and I now am getting feedback, listened to, encouraged to step up to the plate and being told conciously that they want to build on my talents and help me move forward by giving me the experiences I need to do so. This was four years in coming, but it finally happened. Just being recognized for contributions goes a long way, as well as being shared with the fact that things might not work but we'll try something else.