Given retailers’ expansive geographical reach, it’s not uncommon for retail dietitians to manage a team, work for, or have colleagues in a different geographic location. Peak shopping hours create ideal times for healthy living programs, resulting in varied work schedules for retail RDs. The end result is heavier reliance on technology to build relationships amongst teams.
For many retail dietitian positions, the path to internal career advancement may not be obvious. The good news is, you can take the lead to chart a course within your organization for your career and development. To get started, you’ll need to take an honest look at your career goals and understand the skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics needed to move ahead. Here is a list of steps to get you started:
In July and August of 2019, the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance conducted a survey of retail dietitians to capture insights on retail dietitians’ roles, job satisfaction and shopper engagement. In total, 116 retail RDs completed the survey. Today, we're sharing the survey results.
I remember sharing a cab ride to an event with two retail RD program leaders. During the ride, they were discussing strategies to manage the 500+ emails they get each day. This story reflects the stress that many retail RDs manage in their roles. Random work hours, demands of multiple store categories, support of marketing, communications, and operations and a host of other departments can all contribute to a stressful work life.
An increasing number of dietetic students and interns are interested in retail work and are looking for meaningful learning experiences to explore employment options and gain an understanding of the retail environment. Managed correctly, you can engage students in activities that help them align with their career aspirations while obtaining some fresh insights for your company. The following considerations can help ensure each placement is purposeful, challenging and relevant to the individual who may be working with you.