Frequent reference is made to a “professional attitude” and “professional conduct” on the part of persons engaged in occupations considered professions. These are not easy to define in a few words, but there are certain characteristics associated with professional status. One outcome of earning a college degree is the potential to be hired for professional job. Learning and adopting the job attitudes and behaviors of a professional while you are still a student will be valuable to your career.
- Take full responsibility for the results of their efforts and actions. They may seek advice and consultation but they do not attempt to transfer responsibility for their mistakes to others.
- Continually seek self-improvement. They take advantage of every opportunity to gain/enhance their knowledge and understanding in connection with their professional duties.
- Respect the confidence of others. The welfare of those they serve often requires that information concerning them remains confidential.
- Are loyal to their fellow workers. They do not gossip about them or the clients they serve. They understand the importance of teamwork.
- Avoid rumors. They do not repeat or give credit to information received through the “grapevine”. They secure information directly from those authorized to release it.
- Address their grievances through proper channels. They discuss them directly and privately with those authorized to make adjustments. They refrain from complaining and grumbling to others.
- Are sensitive to the problems of their fellow workers. They consider the effect of their actions on the welfare of fellow workers.
- Meet their professional obligations. They fulfill all agreements and obligations entered into with fellow workers.
- Do not advance themselves at the expense of others. They strive for recognition and advancement in the profession only on the basis of superior and professional performance.
- Are proud of their profession. They reflect to those outside the profession a pride and satisfaction in the work in which they are engaged.
Adapted from the Career Advisor Guide, Curricular-Career Information Service, the Career Center, Florida State University