CAFP Ryerson

CAFP Ryerson is part of a national association that provides opportunities for professionals and students to network, mentor and develop in the foodservice field.


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Recap: Dietitian’s Day

Last Thursday night Ryerson University’s student branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) and Ryerson’s Nutrition Course Union hosted a networking event with a variety of Registered Dietitians in the GTA. The event gave the student the opportunity to network with nine dietitians who visited each table in order to answer questions and get to know the students better in an intimate setting. 
The nine speakers briefly described their journeys to get where they are today. All from very diverse backgrounds including food security, research, private practice and media. They also offered helpful advice to students and reassurance about the future. “Don’t be afraid to dream big,” said Linda McCharles, RD. After addressing the group, the speakers sat down with students for a more intimate, round-table discussion. Students had the opportunity to engage with the speakers one-on-one and find out more about their journeys, job opportunities in the field and specifics about each career path.
 
Charles Ko, event organizer, said “The setup was great, it allowed for students to get to know the dietitians and the dietitians had a lot of fun.” Karmen Young, event attendee said: “I thought the event was insightful, even at this time when a lot of us graduating students may be focusing on internship/masters applications.” Likewise, Aseel Masri, event attendee, said, “I loved hearing all of the different pathways you can take once a dietitian! It made me feel there was something for everyone and it changed my perspective on some career paths.”
Overall the night was a success and many great contacts were made. Students gained a better understanding of the wide variety of opportunities that are available to them. Students heard that staying true to their gut instincts and genuine interests would help them on the path to their dream job. Their dream job may not be the first job they receive but there is always opportunity to learn new skills that can be applied later. It was a great opportunity for students to discover the wide range of jobs that are out there for Ryerson’s future dietitians.
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