Edit ModuleShow Tags
Published:

Develop Leadership Skills for a Professional Boost



Photo: ​Thinkstock/monkeybusinessimages


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.    

More Articles

5 Tips to Help Lactose Intolerant People Enjoy Dairy

5 Tips to Help Lactose Intolerant People Enjoy Dairy

If you're lactose intolerant, I already know what you're thinking: "Dairy? I can't eat that!" But it's true, with a little help you can.
Can Comfort Eating Equal Healthy Eating?

Can Comfort Eating Equal Healthy Eating?

Eating with emotion can be done with intention and mindfulness.
Eggs for Lunch, Japanese-style

Eggs for Lunch, Japanese-style

These are super fun for kids, but can be easily enjoyed by adults, too.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Advertise with Food & Nutrition
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags


Student Scoop

A guest blog written for students members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

About This Blog

Student Scoop is a guest blog written by members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for students and interns in nutrition and dietetics. Content – including information, recipes and views expressed – is that of the authors and does not reflect the positions or policies of Food & Nutrition Magazine or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bloggers are required to pledge they will not write for Student Scoop on topics, companies or trade organizations they currently represent or have represented at any time. 

Learn about our guest blogs!

Comments Policy

Food & Nutrition Magazine provides this forum to exchange ideas, opinions and contributions within a positive community. Diverse viewpoints and constructive, respectful dialogue are welcome. Rudeness, misinformation, self-promotion and abuse are not. We reserve the right, without warning or notification, to remove comments and block users we determine violate this policy or our Terms & Conditions. You must include your name or be logged into a personal account on Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to comment.

Archives


Edit Module

Get Student Scoop in Your RSS

Use your RSS reader's instructions to add Student Scoop to your list:

Atom Feed Subscribe to Student Scoop »

Get Our Blogs in Your Email

Stone Soup
Student Scoop