Future of Wellness: Finding peace with herself pursuing a career in nutrition

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 11 October, 2021

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At 19, Kajol Naicker graduated from Australia’s leading institution for training in the performing arts. To the outer world, she has just achieved great success, yet inside she felt lost.

Kajol embarked on a solo journey, which led her to the world of natural health, nutrition and wellbeing. “I was dealing with mental health challenges, and I decided to invest in myself and my health,” Kajol explained. “I took time off to nurture and care for myself and, in the process, I fell in love with nutrition and cooking meals that made me feel good.”

“Everyone in my family has a traditional profession, so considering a career in natural health didn’t cross my mind,” Kajol said. Her mum saw how nutrition helped her and suggested she dive into studying nutrition. At first, she hesitated but eventually decided to give it a go.

“I enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science at a traditional university, and it was not for me. I’d seen Endeavour just before I started studying. It appealed to me because of its holistic course and its inclusive approach. So, I applied to study a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) at Endeavour instead, and the rest is history,” Kajol said.

“On my first day, I had a panic attack and raced to the toilets, where I ran into another student who reassured me that I wasn’t alone. That support reassured me, and I went back the next day knowing I was doing this because I loved it. Now, I’m transitioning into my third year as a part-time student nutritionist.”

To begin with, Kajol found the science content at Endeavour a challenge. “Biology was my first class, and it was extremely overwhelming because I couldn’t relate to the content, but the lecturers were so helpful. I did some one-on-one consults with them after class, and I got over that hurdle.”

As a Fijian Indian Australian-born woman, Kajol discovered that many natural health practices are already part of her heritage and culture. “Endeavour’s course resonates with me as it acknowledges different walks of life. A lot of the content I learnt about was information I knew from my upbringing, which gave me a different appreciation for the knowledge my parents and elders shared with me.”

Kajol has also overcome her mental health challenges and believes in herself. “I realised that no matter what you do, you’ll always face obstacles in life. I’m grateful to have found a passionate career path aligned with my values. If your heart’s in it and you want to study natural health, but your head is tossing up the pros and cons, listen to your heart and do it,” she said.

Ultimately Kajol wants to give back to communities where families face malnutrition and have limited access to the resources they need to be healthy. For now, she’s looking forward to being a practitioner in Endeavour’s student clinic.

Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.

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