Principal of Viswadeepthi Public School, Adimali, Fr gilson john, in a tw0-part series focuses on the need for professionalism in work and in life

Professionalism the need of the hour

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    • Publish Date: Jul 23 2018 2:50PM
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    • Updated Date: Jul 23 2018 2:50PM
Professionalism the need of the hour

‘Professionalism' can be understood as an individual's adherence to a set of standards or code of conduct that characterize accepted practice within a particular area of activity. Professionalism does not mean wearing a suit or carrying a briefcase; rather, it means performing oneself with responsibility, integrity, accountability, and excellence. Employers want new workers with strong communication, interpersonal  and problem-solving skills. Professionalism is not just one thing; it is a combination of qualities. A professional employee is punctual and manages time effectively. Professional workers take responsibility for their own behaviour and are interested in team work. High quality work standards like honesty, integrity, appropriate and effective communication are also essential part of professionalism. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines professionalism as "the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person"; and it defines a profession as "a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation."

Generally, professionalism could mean 'putting your profession first'. The word profession also signifies the members of a certain occupational group. The motive of serving others is so important in a profession; in this sense a business firm may very well meet the needs of others like any other profession. Yet, as its primary aim is making profit to the entrepreneurs than benefitting others, it is considered as a business, not a profession. 

Traits of a professional 

Specialised Knowledge: Professionals have special knowledge in their fields. They are committed to develop their skills and master the specialised knowledge.

Competency: It is the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. Professionals strive to become experts in their respective field. They have to update their knowledge by attending conferences, seminars and taking some useful part-time courses. 

Honesty and Integrity: Professionals keep their word and should prove their trustworthiness.

 Accountability: It is the obligation of an individual or organization to   accept responsibility or to account for one's actions and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. 

Self-control:  It is the ability to manage our actions, feelings and emotions. The professionals should remain professional even under pressure. 

Emotional Intelligence: Professionals exhibit a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ) by considering the emotions and needs of others. 

Professional attitude

Organisations benefit much when employees have a professional attitude in the workplace. Even if we dislike our job, displaying a professional attitude would help one to refrain from gossiping about co-workers, talk negatively about the boss or complain about new assignments and work environment. 

To manage our time effectively.

To display leadership properly.

To act in an ethical manner

To show tenacity and determination wherever necessary.

To act and think creatively

To appreciate diversity

To focus on customer satisfaction

To manage conflicts effectively

To display emotional intelligence

To maintain effective relationship

Need for advanced preparations

True professionals are always prepared. This requires planning, organising and close attention to details. As a professional we should analyse the risks beforehand to minimise the consequences of getting things wrong. Successful professionals should learn from their failure. The advice of Dalai Lama is worth noting here; "when you lose, don't lose the lesson". In our failure sit down calmly and assess what went wrong and apply it in future projects. Professional education development benefits both teachers and students alike

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