I attended a Nutrition Panel a while back. It was hosted by my school’s Food and Nutrition Club (FAN Club). I learned so much from the panel. I thought I’d share what they had to say to us future nutrition professionals.
- Be punctual (they joked around about this a lot). Being punctual shows that you are serious about your job. This topic started because the first speaker said that she learned that punctuality was and is important (she learned the hard way!)
- Be open-minded. You’re going to come across many types of people. Be open-minded to what others have to say.
- Learn a second or third language. It really helps with communication with your patients and with others. Also, knowing how to speak another language fluently makes you indispensable.
- Get experience. Experience is key in dietetics. Volunteer, do internships, take jobs that don’t necessarily sound good but are still in the field of nutrition and food. Having the experience makes you grow as a person and gives you more knowledge and experience. Those are one of things they look for in dietetic interns.
- Be non-judgmental. This is very important, especially if you want to establish a stable relationship with your patient. They don’t want to be judged. They want to be helped.
- Learn how to use technology well. The use of technology is important. One example is learning how to use Powerpoint. It can help with giving professional presentations!
- Be flexible. You never know what may come up during while you are working. There may be an unexpected emergency.
- Have a desire for knowledge. Dietetics is a new and growing field. Information is always changing due to new information and research.