The question I get asked the most is definitely this, “What kind of jobs are there for Dietitians?”. It’s a rapidly growing field, and people are more aware the there is not a one-job-fits-all mentality.
Traditionally, RDs had three roads to choose from: Clinical, Food Service, or Community. During the internship, you quickly realize what isn’t for you. Choosing what you do want to pursue is more difficult – so many choices!
That being said, young RDs are often convinced they have to start in one field or another, “to gain experience”. Now, a lot of us that are considered “young RDs” are speaking up – this isn’t true. In fact, Janel Ovrut wrote a post about it that is definitely worth reading. Point made:
“Now there are more opportunities than ever for dietitians. Anywhere there is food, there is an RD!”
I’ve always maintained my blog/website for my own reasons; the hours are flexible and I enjoy doing it. Yes, sometimes it feels like a part-time job, but not one that I’d ever complain about doing.
Luckily, that work led to something bigger. I began doing presentations on “Blogging & Social Media Networking” for the new intern classes at UMD (now via web-conferences); I presented on Sports Nutrition at a blog conference; I applied for a job at Small Planet Foods.
Now, I’m a Dietitian in Marketing.
I’ve been at the new job for two weeks now, and I love it. The projects are exciting; the people I work with are forward-thinking and open to new ideas; the people we “meet” range from Pro Athletes to Farmer’s Market goers to bloggers, and everyone in between. I’m also surrounded by these little guys – yes, we’re spoiled.
What do I do? Influencer Outreach Programs. Where do I work? In the larabar office (yes, it’s as fun as it sounds). Who do I work for? All of the Small Planet Foods companies.
Yesterday I watched this video for the first time. I felt lucky to be a part of this, now, as it continues to grow. Take a company you already love, and love it even more. Because here’s how it all started:
Do you have a “dream job” in mind? What would you do to go get it?