- Role Model -
Name: Amanda Janes
Occupation: Holistic Nutritionist and Entrepreneur
Employer: Concept Nutrition
Education: Bachelor of Commerce, Memorial University; Diploma in Natural Nutrition, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
Hometown: Labrador City, NL
Current community of residency: Conception Bay South, NL
What does your typical work day involve?
As a nutrition educator, my typical day includes meeting with clients, getting to know their needs and preferences and understanding their unique circumstances. Time is spent preparing client documents such as wellness reports and meal plans, developing educational content on healthy eating, marketing and promoting my business. Science and technology is an important part of what I do. The human body is very complex and research in my field is continuously evolving. I review research on a daily basis to inform the advice I give clients. Technology is an important part of how I grow my business and deliver my services.
What do you love most about your profession? Why did you choose this career?
I love helping people make sensible changes to help them live a healthier lifestyle. It is very rewarding to see the impact of this work and how it can transform a client's energy and well-being. Every client is unique and faces different challenges which means every day is different and offers me an opportunity to learn as well. I chose this career to help people and to make a difference.
When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?
What were your favorite subjects in school?
What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?
To truly make a difference in your chosen field, commit to life-long learning. Education doesn't stop at the diploma, degree, fellowship or Red Seal. The certificate is the starting gate not the finish line. Build on your education and experience and specialize in something that sparks your curiosity.
Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?
Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?
What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?
I recharge by spending time outside. I like to hike, kayak, bike and walk my dog. I also spend a lot of time in my backyard veggie garden and greenhouse or volunteering at the Community Garden.
What superhero do you relate to most? Why?
Anything else you wish to share?
I wasn't a science major and I had to work hard at math in high school and university. I did well, but it didn't come naturally to me. Now, when I apply what I've learned and stay open to the important role that technology, science and math plays in my field (and life), it makes me better at what I do. You don't have to be a brilliant scientist to avail of brilliant science and use it wisely in your career. The other thing I've learned is that it is important to explore your interests. Study them for fun! They might be your career someday!!
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