Dietetic Career Spotlight on Jenna Carlson, BA, MS Candidate, Dietetic Intern
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on AUGUST 26, 2015
Meet Jenna Carlson, BA, MS, candidate, and current dietetic intern (but not for long!). Read her story as a student here. NutritionJobs will keep you posted for what job Jenna ends up taking after she completes her RDN exam. Exciting times are ahead when one’s world is their oyster. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
It was during an 11th grade high school nutrition class when I realized the connection between healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. I later learned that a career as a registered dietitian would be an area where I could connect my passion for helping people with my interest in nutrition and lead clients to make healthy food choices.
School you are studying at now?
I completed my Bachelors Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Concordia College Moorhead.
I completed my Masters Degree in combination with my dietetic internship in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services from Eastern Illinois University.
What area of dietetics do you want to go into once you graduate?
The world is my oyster so I am open to any type of experience as a registered dietitian. I would love to gain experience as a clinical dietitian or community dietitian. I would love to have the opportunity to foster my creativity by writing articles, creating brochures/flyers, giving professional presentations, and taking food photography.
Describe your dream job:
My dream job(s) would either involve traveling the world as a registered dietitian, specifically in Europe or working as an eating disorder registered dietitian at a well-renowned hospital/facility.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always had a spark of energy that continuously feeds my outgoing personality, passionate demeanor, willingness to learn, leadership traits, and intense motivation to succeed. It has always been important to me to be compassionate, caring, and understanding and having those skills has allowed me to grow in the field of dietetics.
As I began to concentrate more on my future, passions, and career goals, I have improved organization and time management skills. I have also learned to become more patience and persistence, which has given me the ability and strength to overcome unthinkable situations.