During a recent 6-week individualized practicum in public affairs, I was able to provide support in shaping and implementing programs that helped the clients I worked with in a corporate atmosphere. In that time, I learned there are a few practices that will help me be a successful RDN. Here are some tips to help in your journey toward your career.
We have heard it countless times: Having good communication is key to successful relationships, and it couldn’t be more true. When communicating with someone, make sure you are focused on them — there is nothing worse than someone feeling like they aren’t being heard. Don’t forget about body language: Your body should convey positive communication. Create open and clear communication with everyone you talk to and remember that each exchange is important. This will help build strong relationships and is essential when trying to create a successful career for yourself.
Attempt to make a genuine connection with everyone you meet, even if you’re just waiting in line to pay for your lunch. These connections can lead to more possibilities than you might have imagined. It could also lead to people advocating for you down the road. You never know how beneficial a connection may be in the future.
If you have the opportunity to create an experience that puts you out of your comfort zone, do it! Not only will you experience growth, but you will become a better professional in the end. Plus, you may show off more skills you possess that others — and sometimes even you — didn’t know you had.
Advocate for Yourself and the Profession
Don’t sell yourself short! You have worked hard to get to where you are and have years of schooling to back you. Advocate for yourself and the profession by making it known that RDNs are the nutrition experts.
Hopefully, at the end of your experience you have created a job for yourself by implementing these practices! And even if that doesn’t happen, the relationships you built will be just as important.