Registered Dietitian Career Spotlight: Dana Notte, MS, RD, CD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MARCH 22, 2013
Meet Dana Notte, online educator and employee of Vtrim. Read on to find out how you can find your dream job simply by applying for it and networking. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I love to buy, cook, and experiment with food. I am passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. I wanted to help others meet their health, wellness, and weight goals and have fun doing it! I think it is important to learn how to be healthy while still enjoying favorite foods and activities.
Your Job Title?
Manager of Online Instruction
Company you are with now?
Vtrim Healthy Weight Management
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
My job varies from one day to the next, but my overall responsibilities include hiring, training, and overseeing facilitators that conduct Vtrim programming, scheduling and coordinating new classes, working with tech team to enhance online offerings, overseeing quality control for all classes, facilitating Vtrim classes in my spare time.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Started as a Vtrim facilitator, then when a full-time position with the company became available I applied! I was actually referred to the position by a former co-worker.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Skills I was born with: self-starter, goal-oriented, and determined. When I know what I want I figure out how I am going to make it happen and I make it happen! I am also very compassionate and patient, which I have found to be incredibly important when counseling clients and participants working to make big life changes. I believe I’ve learned how to assertive, but still professional, confident in my knowledge and skill set, and how to be an effective leader (I think I’ll always be continuing to learn this one.)
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Network! You never know who is going to be your referral to your next job. Volunteer – in addition to providing networking opportunities, it will help you grow your skills in your area of interest and always leave you feeling fulfilled. Try to diversify your resume – look for small consulting and teaching opportunities to gain exposure to many different areas of the field. If you see a posting for a job you want, apply for it! Even if you don’t think you meet all of the eligibility criteria.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Opportunities to travel new places.