Jennie Davies - BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics
In 2007, Jennie Davies was 26 and working at a Centre for Education Abroad in London; enjoying everything the city had to offer.
As an American Studies graduate, she enjoyed her job liaising with international students and staff, but had a growing interest in a career in health and nutrition.
Eczema sufferer Jennie had discovered the positive impact of changes to nutrition and diet first-hand; and began to research the possibilities of changing her career path too.
Jennie said: “I enjoyed my lifestyle in London, but I was attracted to the idea of a career where I would continually learn and develop, as well as working with more flexibility. Nutrition and Dietetics fitted the bill, so I began to look in to the idea of a career change more seriously.
“I wanted to return to Wales and study in Cardiff, as it has all the benefits of a city, but is far more affordable than London.”
Jennie was advised by admissions tutors at Cardiff Metropolitan University that she would need to study for two A/S Levels in Chemistry and Biology before applying to the BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, to gain a solid background in sciences.
Jennie said: “The university was really helpful in advising me on different ways to study for the sciences. In the end, I chose to study at college while working. It was a hard year, as my original A Level qualifications were all humanities, but it meant I was able to apply for the course.
Jennie was accepted on to the four-year course at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, which includes an academic component based on campus, and clinical training in three separate hospital placements.
She graduated in 2011 with a first-class honours degree, and is now working as an NHS Dietitian in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Jennie said: “The four-year course was hard work, but it was really worth the effort as I graduated feeling fully prepared and capable for the roles I was applying for.”
Speaking about her new career, Jennie said: “I really enjoy my day-to-day role working with patients and there is a lot of scope for developing my career in the future. I’m learning every day, which is what I always wanted from a career.”
Under the spotlight:
2003: Graduates from Swansea University with a Degree in American Studies
2007: Returns to Cardiff to study for a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences
2011: Graduates with a first class honours, with dissertation accepted for the ‘Graduates new to research’ symposium.
2011: Begins work as an NHS Dietitian.
Visit the Cardiff School of Health Sciences website to find out more about the range of courses available.