Dietetic Career Spotlight: Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JULY 23, 2013
Meet Jill Weisenberger, writer, author, spokesperson, blogger, and private practice owner. Learn how she writes and researches while walking on her treadmill desk! Talk about multi-tasking at its finest and getting more than 10,000 steps per day! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
When I was a senior in college and about ready to graduate with a communications degree, I met a gal who was studying to be an RD. I couldn’t believe how interesting her courses were. I had never even heard of an RD and hadn’t thought about nutrition as a field of study. I was pretty sure that I wanted to learn more about nutrition, so I could write about it. After three years on marketing and PR, I went to school to study nutrition. It has so much more to offer than I ever imagined.
Your Job Title and Company?
Nutrition Consultant. I am self-employed and work as a writer, book author, spokesperson, nutrition counselor/coach, speaker and even more.
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
I see patients only two days per week. The rest of the time, you’ll find me typing and walking away at my treadmill desk. I spend a lot of time writing, doing research for writing and conducting interviews for articles. Since I’m self-employed, I spend a lot of time doing non-billable work such as preparing invoices, marketing my services, doing free blog posts to promote my business, networking and more.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Dreamed it and went for it.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’m very organized by nature. I can’t say that I was born that way because I remember being a messy kid. But when it comes to things that are important, I’m as organized as they get. I’ve learned to be careful. I’ve also learned to be patient, which is definitely not in my nature. I’m much happier since I’ve accepted that people do not work on my schedule. Just because I haven’t gotten a reply to my call or email, doesn’t mean that I won’t. It doesn’t mean something good or bad. All it means is that I need to be patient. However, I always try to work on other people’s schedules.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
1. Figure out what you do well and like to do. I have to differentiate myself from others. My clients and patients can count on me to be quick to reply and anxious to help. That’s part of my persona brand. Once I stopped being terribly analytical about career decisions and simply decided to do the things that made me happy, I had much greater success. 2. Network and be open to opportunities you hadn’t thought about before. I have learned a lot from other registered dietitians. I am especially thankful to my colleagues in the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?