Dietetic Career Spotlight: Jessica Corwin, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on OCTOBER 9, 2012
How many hats do you wear? Jessica Corwin knows how to diversify her passion as a Registered Dietitian by wearing multiple hats. She’s a community nutrition educator, a nutrition coach, a cooking class instructor, a journalist, and much more. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
When I was in high school my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. As she quite healthy in my opinion I was shocked and became fascinated by the impact food can have on diseases such as cancer. I began to read about nutrition and its impact on our body and one day I was sitting down to read “Health” magazine when I saw that a registered dietitian had written one of the articles. It was then and there that I realized that is what I wanted to be, in fact not only did I want to become a RD I wanted to become one of the RDs who wrote for a magazine! And while it is hard to believe, my dreams are slowly coming true…
Your Job Title?
I have multiple roles as a RD. Community nutrition educator, nutrition coach, journalist… have your pick!
Company you are with now?
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities and HelloLife.
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you.
My days vary incredibly these days. One day may begin at 7am in the supermarket picking up the ingredients for a cooking class, the entire day prepping the ingredients, and finally presenting at 6pm that evening – these days are tiring, but the result is priceless if even one person picks up a new tip that they can incorporate into their own cooking routine. Another day may be spent racing from meeting to meeting throughout Grand Rapids, or on a more casual day, I may spend my time researching and writing at home. The variety is something I have been working hard to achieve; it still feels like a dream.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Networking, networking, networking. In all honesty, the best jobs come from getting your name out there, knowing what you want, and chasing down your dreams. I will never forget telling my very first future manager at Gordon Food Service that I would be back after interning with her. Luckily, she ended up having a job opening months later and she called to let me know before it was even posted!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am a people person all of the way and ever since I was young, I have been interested in the field of health. Before I knew I wanted to become a RD I wanted to be a nurse, while I was never sure where life would lead me, I always knew that I wanted a career which could benefit my entire family. I have learned a great deal during my undergrad, internship, and now in grad school where I am finishing up my Master in Public Health. Truly, every day on the job is a learning experience, I am always learning and growing – something that I hope will continue long into my career.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Follow your passion. If you are doing what you love, it will never seem like work.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
A house cleaner, organizer, and landscaping guru. Anyone who could help me keep up :)