With a background in communications and a passion for health and wellness, Damilola (Dammy) Omotosho found a second career in an unexpected place. Dammy can’t wait to inspire others with the valuable knowledge she’s gaining in her Bachelor of Human Nutrition.
Discovering a new passion
“I grew up in Nigeria, and studied and worked in communications. In 2014, my husband and I secured skilled migrant visas and moved to Australia with our two children.
But finding a comms job Australia was difficult. Even though English is Nigeria’s national language, my accent proved a barrier. In a way, it was this prejudice that made me consider a career change.
I was working as a Food Service Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and really enjoying it. So it felt like the right time to develop this part of me.
I had also lost over 32kg through lifestyle changes, so I understood the need to educate others on achieving optimal health. I chose to study the Bachelor of Human Nutrition at VU.
Getting results in challenging times
Returning to study in the midst of a global pandemic (in 2020) was certainly challenging. But the Block Model helped – it is one of the best things that’s happening at VU. It gives me adequate time to concentrate as it’s taught one unit at a time. I can also balance studying with family and work responsibilities and not feel too overwhelmed.
The practical activities we do shed more light on the theories and give me a better understanding of the unit outcomes.
I love learning about the role nutrition plays in every aspect of our health. Nutrition supports the body in ways you might not even think about: it can help alleviate menstrual symptoms and contribute to mental wellness.
The advantages of support & diversity
I always recommend Victoria University. The lecturers are so engaging, encouraging and supportive of my learning and they really listen to students’ contributions.
VU is very multicultural – I have people from diverse cultures in my class and we are all so happy to share our unique perspectives.
My goal is to give back to the beautiful Australian community and the world at large by supporting and promoting health and wellness through nutrition. I am super excited for the future.”