Dietetic Career Spotlight on Heather Calcote, RD, Wellness Coach
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JUNE 30, 2014
Heather Calcote found her dream job networking. Working in corporate wellness while writing and coaching is a passion she rocks. Heather also works at Wellness Corporate Solutions which employs over 80 RDNs nationwide. Interested in joining her team? Read more to find out how! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
An interest in how fueling (i.e. eating/nutrition) affects every aspect of life. It’s a circle of wellness, and when we don’t fuel our bodies well there is a challenge in doing everything else to the best of our ability. I learned this while training for my first half-marathon run during college, and have continued to be fascinated by how a healthy diet can shift so much in terms of our individual wellness.
Your Job Title?
Company you are with now?
Wellness Corporate Solutions
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
– Twitter & Instagram: @heatherdcRD
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Not-so-typical! One thing I love about my job is how different every day can be. My role involves such a variety of tasks and challenges that no two days are alike. Some of my regular to-do list items include: writing (blogs, webinars, seminars, handouts, etc), health coaching (telephonic, on-site or via secure messaging), program management, group education and/or content creation.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Networking with various RDs in private practice who had some experience with corporate wellness. One RD in particular thought that my skill set and interests would be well fueled and challenged by a job in Corporate Wellness.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Interesting question! As an introvert by nature I think I listen well, observe and read people well, and am very self-aware. I’ve learned to help people think and live outside the box with a passion for coaching and health. I’ve learned to be patient and organized! I’ve learned to challenge myself by taking on projects (in and/or outside of work) that seem daunting but are ultimately rewarding. We learn the most from the things the scare us!
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Know what you’re passionate about –whether that’s a skill you have, a field you’d like to work in, a topic you can’t ever resist reading up on, etc. – and find something that feeds it. When you care about what you do, you do it well! Don’t let any preconception (age, “skills”, life stage, etc) keep you from changing paths or going after something that you can’t go one day without thinking about. There is always time and energy that you can afford to lend to something you deem worth it!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Travel!! I have an insatiable wanderlust.