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Dietitian needs work

Hi All,

I would really appreciate input or advice! I have been in Switzerland for the past 6 months with my Husband. I have a B permit.

I am a dietitian with 7 years experience. I have worked extensively in the areas of obesity and public health, and am currently completing my diploma of sports nutrition.

My problem is that I am finding it hard to get a job. I am aware of the big companies like Nestle but they seem to offer jobs which are not suitable for my skill set.

I am have been in contact with the Swiss Dietetics Association but they haven't got back to me yet.

can anyone help? Any ideas of where I maybe able to find work?

Thanks in advance

Amy
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Old 10.01.2012, 15:47
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Hi All,

I would really appreciate input or advice! I have been in Switzerland for the past 6 months with my Husband. I have a B permit.

I am a dietitian with 7 years experience. I have worked extensively in the areas of obesity and public health, and am currently completing my diploma of sports nutrition.

My problem is that I am finding it hard to get a job. I am aware of the big companies like Nestle but they seem to offer jobs which are not suitable for my skill set.

I am have been in contact with the Swiss Dietetics Association but they haven't got back to me yet.

can anyone help? Any ideas of where I maybe able to find work?

Thanks in advance

Amy
Germany or the U.K. need you more than Switzerland. Switzerland doesn't really have the obesity problem - yet.
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Old 10.01.2012, 16:01
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Re: Dietitian needs work

No, I'd disagree. There is a lot of interest and concern about nutrition here - especially as it relates to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease.

I'd suggest you contact the nutrition departments of cantonal and/or university hospitals, endocrinologists (dealing with diabetes), oncologists, perhaps some primary care docs, maybe cardiologists. I think it's a situation of networking and finding out where the opportunities are, and what qualifications you need to be the level of professional you desire.
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and what qualifications you need to be the level of professional you desire.
Right- first thing, if you haven't already done it, is to find out if your education is recognized here. You may be in for a shock. Or maybe not, but still important to know.
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Re: Dietitian needs work

How about fitness centers ? They may need some consulting work for their clients.
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I am have been in contact with the Swiss Dietetics Association but they haven't got back to me yet.
I think you will have to contact them once again because the Swiss, no offense meant to the Swiss, would probably not just return your contact.

Did you write a letter or phone or e-mail?

If you write a certified letter( Einschreiben in German, French don't know ), you might get a better response.

What are you language skills? German, French, only English?
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If you write a certified letter( Einschreiben in German, French don't know ), you might get a better response...
Certified letter in French = lettre recommandée BUT, you just need to write Recommandé on top of the adress (there is a new designation "Lettre signature" but it's rarely in use).

Good luck

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Old 10.01.2012, 22:39
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Re: Dietitian needs work

i would also check into the local gyms- at least for consultation for sports nutrition and the like. also, in lausanne there are many sports federations, why not contact them- just to see what is out there. best of luck!
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Re: Dietitian needs work

Thanks very much for all your help

Just to clarify I think there is a lot of interest in nutrition here - I am not saying that at all - what I am saying though is the job advertised are usually require a high level of skills and qualifications (i.e. phDs).

I also think that even though the Swiss are interested in prevention of chronic disease their health statistics are very good in comparison to other Countries as you stated Tom1234! The obesity rate here is very low. I have worked in the UK for 5 years so I know how the bad the problem is! Anyhow, I am not sure how much they would be investing in obesity and life style related diseases.

I have contacted the Red Cross regarding recognition of my degree so thank you to Mud for suggesting this - that was really helpful.

Best Wishes

Amy
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Old 11.01.2012, 11:13
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I also think that even though the Swiss are interested in prevention of chronic disease their health statistics are very good in comparison to other Countries as you stated Tom1234! The obesity rate here is very low. I have worked in the UK for 5 years so I know how the bad the problem is!
I hope you didn't gain your knowledge with the U.K. NHS?

At the hospital in the U.K. where my Swiss wife had her first baby, she asked whether they ever served fruit with the meals and was told that Thursday was fruit day -hardly the message that one would think they should be getting across when half the people in hospital seem to be in there for diet and lifestyle related illnesses. And, in the same hospital, the only food you could get in the food hall was from fast-food outlets.

Some one high-up in the NHS needs a good kick-up the backside.

Anyway, this is a bit off-topic so good luck with your quest!
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Re: Dietitian needs work

Hello there,

I know this post is very old, but i am exactly in the same condition and i need some advice.

I am dietitian with 4 years experience, i moved to Zurich since one year and i could not find any job till now.

I tried nestle and registered with RAV but nothing worked yet.
I am preparing to do my diploma recognition with Redcross.

Any advice roc1981, as you have passed by the same situation couple of years ago??

Thank you in advance for any tip.
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Re: Dietitian needs work

It really depends on what kind of work you want to do.

As a dietitian (I assume a certified one from where you come from) you could be working in a clinic through to academia, or with a company that works in the field, to a myriad of companies who want to tap into the background you may have (I know dietitians, but not in CH, who have a range of scientific experience).

But you need to decide what you want to do with the knowledge you have.

E.g. working in a clinic advising people on nutritional needs will require better command of one the CH languages. The same is not true if you are working for an international company.

@ Tom - I know your post was 2012, but... being a (clinical) dietitian isn't just about obesity, it is also about taking care of people who have diseases, some of which are not curable, ranging from cancer through to rare and not-so-rare diseases that require life-long management.
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Re: Dietitian needs work

Thank u Carlos R

Concerning the languages i speak fluent french and level B1-B2 german.

As for the type of work i already applied for hospitals (as i have clinical experience) and food companies (as i have food quality control and auditing experience). Not to mention that i applied to almost every nutrition/food safety related post in Nestle.


I actually don't mind to start working for free (as observation or internship) in any nutrition clinic or hospital, just to get involved in the working system again.
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Re: Dietitian needs work

Try these guys:
http://www.adipositaszentrum.kssg.ch
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