Career Development - Post Event Review


On Friday 8 January 2016, the BDA welcomed 49 delegates (made up of full members, student members and prospect members) to the Career Development Skills Workshop held at the vibrant studio venue in Birmingham.

The information-packed day invited expert speakers to cover a range of useful topics including; Portfolio Preparation; Elevator Pitch; Leadership Skills; Social Media Skills; Interviewing and presenting Skills; Positive Networking Skills and an insight into Career Options in Research, Practice, Sport and Industry, plus an update on the benefits of and how to use the online PEN (Practice Based Evidence Nutrition) resource. Delegates enjoyed ample time to network and learn more from the speakers, and feedback received so far has been overwhelmingly positive with demand high to develop future editions of this event format.  

To view the coverage from the day on twitter search for #BDACareerSkills

We will announce plans for further events in future editions in Members Monthly.

What delegates thought of the event ...

Great way to start 2016 - getting inspired by a BDA event! Majority of day was excellent, informative and thought provoking, and a great opportunity to network and consider career pathway - BDA Member

I really enjoyed the variety of speakers that presented at the event, especially to hear from someone in research and industry BDA Student Member

I thought the session was an excellent way to support both students and practitioners in developing their skills with regards to portfolios, CPD and networking. I think the sessions highlighted the many different areas of Dietetic practice and the emerging area of social media BDA Member

I thought it was brilliant. I've just started the third year of my course and this workshop has really inspired me to think about which direction my career will take and what I need to do to achieve those goals. BDA Student Member

Very useful event as a Dietetic Support Worker who is thinking about going to study Dietetics. BDA Dietetic Support Worker Member

What your BDA Student Member Rep, Harriet Smith thought of the day;

I thought the event addressed all aspects of what a career as a dietitian encompasses. It was useful to have access to this advice, as sometimes university focuses primarily on the clinical aspect of our career. I learnt that developing skills such as networking and how to do an elevator pitch are equally important to the scientific and clinical knowledge that underpins our profession. It was interesting to meet with students from other universities/RDs to share tips and gain advice.

What your Dietetic Support Worker Rep, Natasha Morris thought of the day;

A great event for support workers to help improve their professional portfolios! And for those going to study dietetics with lots of career information and an opportunity to network with other students.

More thoughts ...

I would like to compliment you and the BDA  for what I perceived to be a really successful event. Certainly from overhearing the discussions in the room I thought it was really well received. The sessions were all of a nice length and with relevant content. I also enjoyed how networking was put at the heart of the event and even included within sessions. Bethan Tempest, Therapy Area Specialist, Danone Graduate Scheme Dietitian, Danone.

The resources looked good and the participants were kept engaged, The little activities were good too. It was probably the best run BDA activity I have been to to date. The day was a snap shot, which was great. Anne Myers-Wright RD