I was honored to have the opportunity to be featured on the Nutrition Jobs’ website, highlighting my career path in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. I hope it inspires others who are looking into this field or are already in the field and ready for a change!

Dietetic Career Spotlight on Olena Gudz, MS, RD, LD, Master Pastry Chef by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD

Meet Olena Gudz, a master pastry chef and registered dietitian. She specializes in developing delicious, healthy recipes and is a culinary consultant to the masses. Read on to learn how you can combine one’s love of cooking with nutrition education and coaching. – Sarah 

What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?

Ever since my sixth-grade science fair project, I realized that I was a bit of a science-nerd. Since I am also a tad food-obsessed, I knew my career would need to also “feed” this passion. For me, nutrition and dietetics blends the best of both science and food. While you can’t have nutrition without the science, delicious, healthy food is also a key component.

Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?olenaThere really isn’t a typical day for me, which I prefer. I spend time helping people with their nutrition concerns, whether that’s through counseling, healthy kitchen makeovers, cooking demos, or grocery store tours. You’ll also find me recipe developing and taste testing away in the kitchen. I am working on my food photography and blogging skills too.

How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I created and am still in the process of creating my current job in dietetics. Initially, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. However, I knew I wouldn’t be creatively fulfilled in that field. Without a second thought, I went on to receive my diploma in Advanced Pastry Arts from The International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute and worked at some of Cleveland’s top restaurants, including Lola and Crop Bistro and Bar. I loved the challenges that came with working in a restaurant and developing recipes for a seasonally changing dessert menu. However, I wanted to use my culinary skills in a way that delivered the message of healthy, delicious food to a wider audience. Becoming a Registered Dietitian and receiving a graduate degree in Nutrition were the final pieces to my career puzzle.  Plus, I’ve always known that I wanted to have my own business and I finally found a way to do it through culinary nutrition!

What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
The skills I was born with include being a good listener, determination, strong work ethic, and an artistic nature. The skills I have learned along the way are being more outspoken and learning to be more business-savvy.

What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Put in the hard work while also allowing things to evolve at their own pace. It’s tempting for me to want things to happen quickly yet I’ve learned that this is not realistic. Also, by letting things happen more naturally, you may realize something that you otherwise may have missed, due to rushing through your work. Even though I am very driven professionally, I make sure that my health, wellbeing, and family are at the top of my list. Stay true to your own values as you progress through your career. Oh, and always send handwritten thank you cards to those who’ve helped you along the way…it never goes out of style.

If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
I would love to be paid to visit countries all over the world and discover the delicious cuisines that cultures enjoy for health and indulgence.

Original post can be found here: Nutrition Jobs Dietetic Career Spotlight