For the past nine months or so I have been enjoying my job as a clinical dietitian. Although initially I felt pretty green as a new dietitian, my patients and coworkers have taught me so much! I’m enjoying the work and feeling confident in what I do each day as I complete my assessments, respond to consults, and sign orders as an RD, LD.
Maybe it’s just because I’m straight out of school, but part of me feels a little restless. I’m used to doing a million things at once in college or in my internship. Having a predictable, steady job was my goal, and I am very happy. But as silly as this seems, I sort of feel like everything I’ve worked for has led up to this point, and now I need to set new goals for myself.
Admittedly, I’ve been keeping pretty busy with my involvement in the outpatient cardiac rehab at the medical center where I work. In addition to my inpatient duties, I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling and will start teaching classes next month. Also (thanks to web presence!) I have been doing some freelance writing. Most recently I was contacted by an editor at Military.com‘s SpouseBuzz Blog for a guest entry. I was really excited to contribute to a blog that reaches out to fellow military spouses! My post was on healthy eating while your spouse is deployed – read it here.
So what’s the next step? Well…
…I have started browsing through online graduate schools. Honestly, I’m not sure what kind of program I want, such as a Masters in Public Health (MPH) versus a Masters in Science (MS). Then, do I take the thesis option or the paper/coursework option? Researching all the options has been, at times, overwhelming. I know I will need a 100% online graduate program, however, because my husband serves in the Army and we are required to move around.
But then I think…do I really want to take classes? I mean really, it’s only been a year since I finished my internship. Plus that means I’d have to study, take exams, write papers, and pay a LOT of money. Is now the right time to do so? We haven’t had any kids yet so that’s ideal, and the more I put it off the less likely I’ll be to actually do it. However my husband’s job is making for big changes so maybe now isn’t the best time. Is there a best time? My internal debate rages on…
Has anyone out there completed online degrees in nutrition that would like to share their experience? I’d love to hear your feedback about the program you chose and how it fit into your life!