Dietetic Career Spotlight on Carrie Mark, MA, RDN, LD, CPT at NCES Catalogue
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JUNE 23, 2014
Meet Carrie Mark who specializes in researching nutrition-related products to promote to dietitians and health professionals. Carrie is a great example of how vast and varied the dietetic field can be when it comes to finding unique jobs in multiple niches. Read about her dream job and how she found it. – Sarah
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Carrie Mark, MA, RDN, LD, CPT: I have always had a passion for nutrition and exercise and wanted to find a way that I could combine the two areas to help others, Therefore, becoming a dietitian was a natural fit and allowed me to do what I love.
Your Job Title:
Chief Acquisitions Director
Company you are with now:
Website and Social Media:
FB – https://www.facebook.com/ncescatalog
Twitter – @NCESdietitian
Blog – http://blog.ncescatalog.com/
Pinterest Page – http://www.pinterest.com/ncescatalog/
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
A typical day in my role consists of researching nutrition-related products to see if they are a good fit with our current product offerings for the NCES catalog. I am also responsible for doing market research to identify new nutrition products that are not currently offered in the market. From there, as a company we prioritize which products to create, and which products should wait for future catalogs and then I create the products. Finally, serving as a nutrition consultant to help our customers select products that best meet the needs of their specific situation.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
When I was a junior at Kansas State University, I vividly remember my current boss coming to my class and talking about NCES. After hearing her presentation I knew that it was my dream job. Five years later my dream job became available and I interviewed and was fortunate enough to get the job.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born a very organized person. Even as a small child, I loved to organize my stuffed animals and baby dolls. Today, this skill is more focused on my daily tasks at work, as well as managing deadlines and tracking communication with hundreds of vendors.
Over the years, the importance of good listening has become very clear to me. Not only is it important to understand the other person’s needs, but it also lets them know they are important to you and you are interested in what they are saying.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Do not turn down opportunities to network or learn more about our field. The old adage that 80% of life is just showing up is often true. If you do not put yourself in situations to learn and meet new people you will frequently miss out on opportunities.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Chocolate!!! Especially Ghirardelli or Dove!