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What is the week like for a dietician. Such as work hours, family time, stress, etc.

I wouldnt mind working long hours but i do value family and friend time, so i would like a job where i can balance my work life and home life. I also want to live with as least stress as possible so i dont want to put myself in a career with that. #time-management #stressfree #workandhomebalance #workhours

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Soo Ching’s Answer

Hi Madeline,

First of all, I would recommend you to think about the work environment that you like or suit you, because dietician is not just limit yourself to work in hospital. Nowadays there are a lot of fields are hiring dietician such as health care center or weight control center. Personally think that it's getting as one of the best job opportunities in future.

Regarding stress, sorry to say that every job has its own challenges, the most important things is your attitude. Ask yourself:
Why you want to be a Dietician?
Identify your goal and work towards your goal. Only when you love your job, you won't feel stress. Just like you won't feel stress when you sacrifice your time and energy for your beloved family and friends.

Be honest, I work over 8 to 10 hours per day (except Sunday), same for my husband. But we don't feel stress because we like our job and we have same goal. I have two kids, so in terms of work life balance, I always ensure I spend at least 1 hour per day to talk to them, study and play together with them, and put them on bed every night. For weekend, I off myself completely from work and enjoy family and friend time. Same for my sister who stays and works in oversea, she video call my mother every day at least 15 minutes (during her lunch time or dinner time when she busy). She is very happy with her current job and life as well.

P/s: I'm very proud of anyone who experts in food and nutrition. As you know, losing weight is always a "dream" or a "goal" for most of the girls, while nutrition balance is important for our kids and elderly. I consulted Nutritionist through hospital during pregnancy because of health problem, and met few dieticians last three years to consult proper diet for my dad. I always hope that I can learn more on Diet/Nutrition, so help out my friends and family when they needed. This is one of my to-do-list.

Hope it helps :)
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Hui Yun’s Answer

Hi madeline,

Hope you're doing well.

I'm not a dietician but I once work in hospital as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. We have work shift, means we need to work on weekends and midnight as well. Even though i'm no longer in the role, but I never regret to work as a MLT and I still missed those days. The work is challenging in terms of the skillset requirement, knowledge, time management, speed and of course accuracy. However due to some family plan, i've choose to change my career path.

Here's my advise:
1. Check the workplace that you'd like to go and dietician working hours in that workplace. Reason being different hospital will have different work hour/shift. Understand the work hour of your dream work place. This will help you imagine your working life.
2. Be sure if you like to be a dietician. If you like the role, I'm sure you'll enjoy when you're in the role.
3. Understand the basic salary range of a dietician. As we grown, we will have more and more commitment isn't it?
4. Check the possible career development as a dietician, unless you're happy to work in the same role for 20 years?

Hope this helps!
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