3 Reasons To Be A Dietetic Mentor & How To Become One
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself,” states Oprah Winfrey. Mentors are trusted advisors who can change one’s life for the better. Personally, I am where I am today because of the mentors I have had along the way. Mentors are incredibly valuable for one’s personal and career growth and development. NutritionJobs spoke to three dietitians who have held positions finding mentors for members of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group (NEDPG). Here are the tips they shared with us including 3 reasons to be a mentor and change someone’s life for the better. – Sarah
1. Pay It Forward. Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, Nutrition Communications Consultant at shawsimpleswaps.com, states, “I would not be as blessed as I am today without the support of the amazing mentors who’ve guided and inspired me along my path. I want to inspire and help those, too, interested in a career in dietetics, so mentorship always seemed fitting to me.”
2. Build Relationships. Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CSSD, CLT, founder of tastybalancenutrition.com, informs, “Being a mentor is a great opportunity for you to give back to your profession. However, you also benefit by gaining new perspectives and long-lasting relationships.”
3. Learn & Grow. Mentees come with a new perspective and outlook on things and can teach you and help you grow your business. For example, a mentee may have a better grasp on technology and innovative apps or trends. The mentee can help you expand your practice with these new innovations.
Being a mentor isn’t always easy. Alicia Galvin Smith, MEd, RD, LD, CLT, founder of www.aliciagalvinsmith.com, shares, “Time is always a precious commodity, and so if heavily involved in mentorship, finding the time for both you and your mentee(s) to meet on a regular basis can be a challenge. However, as Mentor Coordinator for NEDPG, we had monthly Mentor/Mentee calls for discussion and Q & A, so we were able to reach more mentees in a given timeframe.”
Here are 3 ways you can become a mentor:
- “Find mentees through networking or other professional organizations,” recommends Pine.
- “Communicate with local Dietetic Internship (DI) programs or become a DI preceptor,” advocates Shaw.
- “Connect with local dietetic groups. Most groups have a mentor program. If they don’t, start one,” suggests Galvin Smith.
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