Now that you know our go-to resources, we thought we’d share with you some of the most important things we learned while studying to be a dietitian. Keep in mind that many of the above resources can be used to help you master these important tips.
- Attend workshops
As you’ve probably learned throughout your studies, there are a range of different approaches to dietetics – some more mainstream than others. While your course may cover the basics of different approaches, it’s a great idea to get a more well-rounded idea of how they work.
Workshops are a convenient and often quick way to do this. Most run over a few days and will provide an in-depth look at a particular approach or area of the dietetics industry. Keep in mind that these workshops aren’t just for people who align with a certain approach – it can also be a really useful way to find out what you do and don’t agree with, which will help you later in your career.
- Participate in research
There are a variety of reasons why research is lacking in the field of dietetics. For most professionals, a lack of time and resources, a perceived lack of skill and the notorious ‘perfectionist’ streak that many dietitians have tend to get in the way. Unfortunately, like any health field, research is absolutely imperative to furthering the knowledge and reputation of dietitians.
With this in mind, it’s a great idea to involve yourself in any studies or ongoing research that may be happening in your school or practice. Not only will you be contributing to the overall growth of the profession, but it’s a great way to increase your knowledge and skills. This will be a huge step forward for your professional development and for your client’s outcomes.
- Keep up to date with the latest findings
When you’re working as a dietitian, it’s essential that you stay on top of emerging health and diet-related research. In a field that is constantly in a state of flux, being educated and aware of the latest theories and findings is key to guiding your clients down the right path. Some of the resources we mentioned above – such as UpToDate – are great for this, as it means you won’t have to sit at your desk for hours reading a research paper you don’t understand. For us dietitians, knowledge is our best and most unlimited resource – so it’s important that you use it to your advantage.
- Build your own collection of resources
The internet provides a seemingly never-ending treasure trove of information for us dietitians. There are literally thousands upon thousands of websites, forums and blogs dedicated to sharing information about the field, which is why it’s important to find reliable sources that you can use to your advantage.
These go-to resources don’t have to just be authors or health journals – they can also be communities of like-minded professionals who are keen to share their educated opinions and ideas. This is an incredible way to learn more about the field, share your own insights and connect with others who understand the unique experiences of being a dietitian.
- Don’t get in over your head
We know – it seems like there is a never-ending list of things to think about when you’re a dietitian. As a student, you might even feel as though you’ll never be able to stay on top of all your professional requirements. But the good news is that no one expects you to be any more than human, which is why it’s essential that you take care of yourself as well as your clients.
Whether you’re still studying or working in the field, things can seem a little too much sometimes. Be sure to take a step back if and when you need it. After all, a physically and mentally healthy dietitian is better equipped to inspire progress in their clients.
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