Stuck in a Career Rut? 5 Steps to Take to Advance Your Dietetic Career
Sometimes we get stuck in our careers where motivation is reduced, productivity decreases, purpose seems lost, and job satisfaction is at an all-time low. This is a career rut! When you feel stuck, take steps to get out of it by revamping your career path and possibly getting a new job or transferring to a new department within the existing company. Here are 5 Steps to Take to Advance Your Dietetic Career.
1. Network. Network. Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN, Founder of Rust Nutrition, Twitter: @rustnutrition, advises,“Any opportunities you have to get involved in broader groups is worth your time. This could be done by joining Dietetic Practice Groups through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, engaging in online conversation forums, going to your State or District nutrition meetings, or volunteering. While virtual connections are helpful, there’s nothing like meeting people in person. I am a big supporter of volunteering within our profession because it’s the best way to intimately get to know a wide variety of practitioners who can help you find your niche.”
2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone. Elana Natker, MS, RD, Founder of Sage Leaf Communications, Twitter: @elanaRD, informs, “That could mean networking with people when you’d rather be a wallflower, or saying yes to a project even when you have doubts and think to yourself, ‘but so many other RDNs do this, and they probably can do it better.’ I find that when I challenge myself, I grow in ways I hadn’t originally considered or thought possible.”
3. Market Yourself. Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN, Founder of KUcumber Nutrition Communications, Twitter: @kucumbers, explains, “Make time to market YOU. It’s quite easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work (whether that means consults, charting, writing a blog series for a food brand, etc.) that it can be tough to carve out time to market YOU. But it’s a must. Block out time on your calendar. Hire a virtual assistant. Do what you need to do to take your business/career one step up.”
4. Appreciate & Mentor Others. Chere Bork, MS, RDN, Founder/Owner of Chere Bork, Twitter: @ChereBork, recommends, “Find someone you can coach or mentor. Helping other RDNs with advice to help their business is a great reminder to apply the same advice to you. Appreciate RDNs. This can be called ‘Appreciation Marketing.’ Relationships also spark potential business.”
5. Get a Hobby. Do activities and events outside of work that inspire and motivate you. You may meet more people that contribute to giving you further career ideas, future job opportunities, or a potential side business.
If you feel as though you have minimal job satisfaction and career growth, consider taking these steps. You have the ability to do what you want to do with your future potential.
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