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Emma Stubbs - Graduate Dietitian 2014

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In this article Emma Stubbs talks about her transition from being a student at Deakin University in Victoria to launching her career. She discusses the importance of volunteering, asking good questions and building your network. Landing your first job may not just be what you know but who you know according to Emma!

To learn more about Emma and to read her blog Broccoli and Blueberries click here >>

1. What inspired you to study Dietetics? 

I always laugh at this question because I don’t have some inspiring story that made me choose this path. I have always had an interest in nutrition and I remember my mum once saying ‘Why don’t you be a dietitian?’ way back when I was in high school, and well, the rest is history. Each day I became increasingly passionate about nutrition and my desire to get into dietetics.


2. How have you been keeping busy since graduating?

Aside from applying for jobs and enjoying a very healthy social life and brunches around Melbourne, I started volunteering with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen garden program, continued my role with Scoop Nutrition and launched my blog. I was also lucky to gain my first dietitian position with Coles and have been working with them for the past six weeks, which has been very exciting!


3. As one of many recent Dietetics graduates, how do you promote and differentiate yourself? 

I draw on my various volunteer roles with the Heart Foundation, Nutrition Australia, Scoop Nutrition & Corporate Nutrition. Each of them provided different experiences and have helped shaped who I am today.


4. What are your top tips for those just starting their journey as Dietetics students? 

  •  Volunteer – we all come out with a dietetics degree and the APD credential. Additional roles outside of compulsory placements provide extra experience, often different to your fellow grads. This also gets your name out there.
  •  Network. Network. Network. Your lecturers will tell you this, and believe it! The world of dietetics is a very small world, and sometimes who you know is just as important as what you know. It worked for me!
  • Ask questions and listen to your supervisors! As experienced dietitians in the field, they are a wealth of knowledge and will only help you become a better dietitian.
  • You don’t need to know everything day 1 of clinical placement. You have ten weeks of experiencing different patients and working with experienced dietitians to learn and grow, and it’s really rewarding to see how far you can come!
  • Lastly, believe in yourself. 

5. Where do you get your ideas for your blog Broccoli and Blueberries? 


A large proportion stem from conversations I have. Whether it’s with fellow like minded nutrition and dietetic professionals, or every day people. I think talking with people without a nutrition background provides great insight to how people think, what they want to know and the effects of the ever expanding information available online.

6. What are your top 5 trolley / basket essentials? 

This is hard. 

  • Peanut butter or Tahini. Generally both.
  • Broccoli
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Oats

I actually wrote a blog post on this one – you can read it here >>


7. What do you believe are some of the greatest opportunities for Dietitians in general - and the challenges?

Social media. It’s almost like a double edged sword. The challenge of social media is the notion of ‘Everyone’s a nutrition expert’. We know the amount of information available is constantly increasing, both accurate and misleading, and as we become a society that is more health focused, this will only increase and dietitians will be outnumbered. However, embracing social media as a profession provides great opportunity to band together and promote credible and accurate information.

I also think it would hugely beneficial to increase our emphasis and role within the community on a preventative level.


Emma Stubbs - Graduate Dietitian 2014
Emma Stubbs
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Dietitian