– Sukant Ratnakar
Questions to consider:
- What does professionalism look like?
- What is your professional “brand”?
- How to develop a positive professional self?
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What is professionalism and professional deportment?
Professionalism is commonly understood as an individual’s adherence to a set of standards, code of conduct or collection of qualities that characterize accepted practice within a particular area of activity” Universities UK et al. 2004 (Source: www.queenssu.ca)
Professional deportment is the act of presenting oneself in a professional environment. Communication, attitude, and integrity are all components of professional deportment. It also requires you to demonstrate how prepared, responsible and reliable you are. Professionals working in a field are responsible for acting in a manner that demonstrates adherence to the code of ethics and standards of practice of that profession.
It is critical to demonstrate professionalism as a student and a future employee. Becoming aware of and developing these skills is necessary for your success during your upcoming field placement. You will learn about the importance of this valuable experience in the next chapter.
Professionalism in the Workplace
The key components of demonstrating professionalism in the work place include several factors such as your , your actions, your understanding of , the ethics and standards of practice of your chosen careers. All of the points mentioned below, will depend on these foundational factors. It is important that you review each of the points below and reflect on your own attitude, behaviour and to better understand professionalism in the workplace.
The following is a list key components of demonstrating professionalism adapted from the article Professionalism in the Work Place, created by CENTENNIAL COLLEGE CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES, Sprint 2007
Have a Positive Attitude and Be a Strong Team Player
Be an enthusiastic team player who loves to learn from others and enjoys contributing to his/her team. As a placement student it is often about your determination to work well with others more than your individual achievements.
Make a positive first impression by dressing in accordance to your workplace’s expectations. it is important to review the dress code policy of the agency and when in doubt always ask about what is the agency’s dress code.
Adjust To Your Work Schedule
College and work schedules are quite different. As a college student you are already used to a time table or semester schedule. You may have early classes, late classes and no classes during a typical study week. When it comes to work schedule, you will be expected to work a typical 40 hour week from Monday to Friday or based on the center’s working schedule. Adjusting to this new daily routine may take some time.
- Arrive early . You should be there a few minutes prior to your start time
- Be flexible. Stay a little late or be prepared to work some overtime if necessary
- Don’t be a “clock watcher”. If doing the job right means putting in extra hours, consider it an investment for future promotions
- Familiarize yourself with your center’s break and lunch schedule
- Be on time for meetings and appointments
- Demonstrate an excellent attendance record
Take Notes/Ask Questions/Ask for Help
Communicate Clearly and Professionally
Take Responsibility for Your Actions
Learn About Your Workplace
Be Organized/Set Objectives
What Professionalism Skills are Employers looking for?
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Developing Your Professional Brand
You bring your own unique set of skills on the job. Determine what sets you apart from other jobseekers to establish an impressive professional identity, or brand, which you can present to potential employers.
Your professional brand is a brief statement that summarizes your unique strengths, values, skills and how you differ from your competition. It assists in defining who you are, what makes you great, and why you should be hired. Your brand communicates your reputation and value to an employer. During the upcoming field placement experience, it is time to start thinking about how you want to showcase these unique skills, as this will increase your employability.
- Your professional deportment encompasses the way you carry yourself, your attitude and the ways you communicate with others.
- Being professional can ensure a positive first impression and help create successful interpersonal relationships both personally and professionally.
- Professionalism relates directly to the profession’s code of ethics and standards of practice.
Attributions and References
Image Aboriginal Art Aboriginal Painting by esther1721 from Pixabay. Sourceed from https://pixabay.com/users/esther1721-534895/
Professionalism in the work place adapted from https://www.centennialcollege.ca/pdf/gradsuccesspack/JobOffer/Professionalism%20in%20the%20Workplace.pdf
Developing your Professional Brand (https://www.impactgrouphr.com/insights/5-ways-to-demolish-informational-interview-roadblocks)
Wikipedia: Confidentiality (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confidentiality
Cultural norms https://www.globalcognition.org/cultural-norms
Cultural scripts https://www.yourdictionary.com/cultural-script
A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
Cultural norms are the standards we live by. They are the shared expectations and rules that guide behavior of people within social groups. Cultural norms are learned and reinforced from parents, friends, teachers and others while growing up in a society.
A person's set of behaviors for interacting with others in certain situations according to cultural norms.