Develop Leadership Skills for a Professional Boost
As a young professional in my second year of dietetics studies, I've had to quickly tune in to ways to make myself stand out so that I can be successful. When it comes to getting that internship or spot in the coordinated program, good grades are not enough. Professors and program directors are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and hard-working individuals — traits that are only known when shown.
One of the best ways to show potential employers that you are more than qualified is to become a leader. Leaders take on many forms, so the type you choose to be is entirely up to you and your creativity. To get you started, here are some ways to start showing your leadership qualities today.
Hold an officer’s position in your school’s nutrition club.
This is a powerful way to build confidence and interact with both students and faculty on a whole new level.
Join and become involved with an organization focused on volunteering.
This will do wonders to your resume. When you volunteer, get the name and contact info of the group leader — you never know when you might need a letter of recommendation or reference for an application.
Attend a state-level dietetic organization meeting.
This is another way to branch out, discover opportunities and possibly network with potential employers.
Go even further and become a Student Liaison for the Academy.
This is one of the best ways to network with like-minded future RDNs from around the country who can offer insight on volunteering and fundraising.
Channeling your inner leader and creating opportunities for yourself isn't far from reach, but it will certainly extend your ability to present yourself as the right candidate for the position.
Jessica Page is a sophomore in the DPND program at Buffalo State College. She enjoys cooking, sailing and photography. She is the Nutrition Club and Rotaract Club treasurer and works in a long-term care facility.