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dc.contributor.authorPlint, Hayley
dc.contributor.authorBall, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Roger
dc.contributor.authorDesbrow, Ben
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-06T02:19:49Z
dc.date.available2019-03-06T02:19:49Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1446-6368
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1747-0080.12224
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/99159
dc.description.abstractAim: To explore the career pathways and practice experiences of dietitians in the first decade following graduation to identify factors influencing workforce development. Methods: A qualitative, follow up study was conducted on a previously recruited cohort of aspiring dietetic students who had graduated as dietitians over the preceeding decade. Participants completed an individual, semistructured telephone interview which focused on retrospectively exploring factors influencing career pathways, perceptions of career success and satisfaction and the competencies required for effective practice. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and underwent qualitative descriptive and triangular analysis. Results: Career pathways were opportunistic rather than planned, influenced more by actual employment opportunities and lifestyle preferences (particularly location) than initial career preferences and plans. Most acknowledged that initial unfamiliarity of the profession, employment realities and pragmatic career decision‐making explained the misalignment of plans with actual career pathways. Participants rated competencies of communication, teamwork, counselling and specific disciplinary knowledge as most relevant to effective practice. Despite some participants acknowledging that their career was not as originally anticipated, there was a consistent theme of career success and satisfaction determined more by intrinsic factors (helping people, effective in job, being acknowledged as a specialist) than extrinsic variables (remuneration level, management progression). Retention in the dietetic workforce appeared to be high, particularly when opportunities to specialise or undertake research were realised. Conclusions: Workforce preparation that facilitates graduates to be flexible to employment, continuing professional development opportunities and support specialisation and research in practice are likely to be important for nutrition and dietetic workforce retention.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto6
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNutrition & Dietetics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNutrition and Dietetics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchFood Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1111
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0908
dc.titleTen-year follow up of graduates from the Aspiring Dietitians Study: Implications for dietetic workforce development
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Public Health
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
gro.rights.copyright© 2015 Dietitians Association of Australia. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ten-year follow up of graduates from the Aspiring Dietitians Study: Implications for dietetic workforce development, Nutrition & Dietetics, Volume73, Issue3, July 2016, Pages 241-246, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12224. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
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gro.griffith.authorDesbrow, Ben
gro.griffith.authorBall, Lauren E.
gro.griffith.authorPlint, Hayley J.


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