Nutritionists and dieticians of the future take part in innovative programmePosted: 1 June, 2017
Final year students of Nutrition and Dietetics, enrolled jointly in DIT and TCD, completed an innovative graduate development programme in DIT Grangegorman to prepare them for their future professional roles.
Sinead Mulcahy and Niamh McGettigan, final year students of Dietetics and Nutrition at DIT/TCD
The two-day programme, which is now in its second year, is a collaboration between Abbott Nutrition Ireland, the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI), DIT and TCD. This new generation of health professionals received guidance from experienced industry professionals that will help them to step straight into their professional roles.
Commenting on the programme objectives, Fiona Burke, Country Manager for Abbott Nutrition Ireland, explained “Abbott Nutrition is delighted to be part of this innovative partnership programme designed specifically to support graduates’ development. The programme objective is to build a greater level of self-awareness for the participants, along with insights about their own abilities and how they can best contribute to a cross-disciplinary team and ultimately to patients’ well-being."
Niamh McGettigan, a student on the course spoke highly of the programme, “I have learned so much about how to develop my skills in order to progress my clinical career. The speakers taught me how to write an eye-catching CV, put my best foot forward in an interview, as well as how to manage my professional relationships with colleagues and patients. Health professionals really need to learn how to be resilient and so a highlight for me was learning how to handle a negative experience so that I learn from it and move on.”
Sinead Mulcahy chimed in, “The programme taught me to understand my personality type and how it affects my interactions with colleagues of other personality types. Before beginning a career as a dietician and nutritionist, you may think your vocational skills are the most important aspect to success, but over the last couple of days I have come to understand how building relationships and good communication skills are also essential.”
Dr Daniel McCartney, Programme Director of Human Nutrition & Dietetics at DIT, feels this programme is hugely beneficial to graduates as they progress onto their professional career paths. “We greatly appreciate the generous support of Abbott Nutrition Ireland and our partners in INDI in this collaborative venture, and we welcome the further learning opportunity it provides to our graduates to develop professionally and advocate more effectively on behalf of their patients."