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What is the next step after high school? Do you have to go to uni?

By Brittany Elliot, naturopathy student at Endeavour College of Natural Health

When I finished school, my parents encouraged me to go to university. That’s generally what people do, so I enrolled in a business degree at university. But it just didn’t feel right.

I’ve always been active and health-focussed and after hearing from a friend who was studying nutrition, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I enrolled in nutrition at another university. I was a bit nervous, but it felt more like me than the business path I’d previously gone down. I continued at university, but something still just didn’t feel quite right. I wanted to study health in a holistic way, rather than have it taught from the standard government guidelines.

Less than a year before I finished my degree, I transferred to a private college which specialises in natural health – Endeavour College of Natural Health – and started studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). I went from a lecture theatre of 500 people to a classroom with 20 people in it, where I could ask questions and where I felt comfortable surrounded by like-minded people. 

I felt like I was able to build relationships with other students and the College staff. I’d finally found my tribe!

I was also excited that all of the subjects I studied were 100% relevant to my career outcome and rather than being in biology or chemistry with everyone who required that subject as part of their degree, I was in a class specific to my career. But the real clincher was the clinical experience. If I’d stayed at university, I would’ve been expected to source my own 12-week placement, which generally involved being a nutritionist’s or dietitian’s administration assistant rather than gaining hands-on clinical experience at Endeavour’s teaching clinics.

Endeavour ticked all the boxes for me: small class sizes; intimate experiences; relevant course work; clinical preparation and experience; the flexibility of both online and campus study, and a career path that I am truly passionate about. 

Like many at Endeavour, my interest in natural health stems from a personal experience. I had Bell’s palsy – a condition that causes temporary paralysis of the muscles in the face and causes one side of your face to droop – twice as a child, but doctors couldn’t determine the cause. It struck again while I was studying and so I went in search of answers from a naturopath who took a closer look at my life and overall health, and worked with me to understand the potential triggers. 

This brings me to the final twist in my higher education journey. As much as I loved studying nutrition, I ended up swapping to naturopathy (Bachelor of Health Science – Naturopathy). Not only had it been such a big help with my Bell’s palsy, but it allowed me to study nutrition and medicinal herbs, which is the best of both worlds. I can’t wait to get into clinical practice and help people find answers to their health problems, just like the naturopath who helped me!

For more information, visit www.endeavour.edu.au

Endeavour College of Natural Health is the largest private higher education provider of natural medicine courses in the Southern Hemisphere. 

There are six campuses across Australia and study can be completed online. 

Courses include Naturopathy, Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture, Complementary Medicine, and Remedial Massage. 

Students can study part time or full time and don’t require any previous education or an ATAR for admission.

A survey of Endeavour College graduates found that half own and operate their own business.

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