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How close are you to becoming a true professional?

PROFESSIONALISM. Do you know what it means? Here are 6 basic foundations for becoming a true, successful professional.

1. Specified knowledge

Professionals have a deep understanding of the topics in their respective fields. While some professionals are set apart because they have the highest degrees and certifications to prove it, all professionals work in a serious, thoughtful, and sustainable environment. They are dedicated to keeping their knowledge up-to-date in order to continue to produce the best work possible.

2. Competency

Professionals are people you can always count on. They are reliable and get the job done. If a problem arises, professionals don’t make excuses, but focus on finding solutions.

3. Honesty & Integrity

Professionals always keep their word. Never compromising their values, professionals do the right thing, even if it means taking a harder road. Most importantly, professionals are humble. If they don’t know the answer to a question or problem, they ask somebody that can teach them. They appreciate learning things outside of their scope of expertise.

4. Accountability

Professionals take responsibility for their thoughts, words, and actions. Especially when they make mistakes.

5. Self Regulation

Professionals stay poised under pressure. They respond to irate customers with a calm, business-like demeanor. They consider the emotions and needs of others. If they are having a bad day, they won’t let it impact how they interact with others.

6. Image

Professionals dress appropriately for the situation. They always look polished. This allows them to exude high confidence. Ultimately, confidence is key. That is how you will ace the interview and gain respect in the workplace.

Now, would you consider yourself a true professional? Either way, it is important to work on building these foundations each day. Study hard. Get involved on campus. Get rid of bad, unprofessional habits. Find professional dress tips on Purdue CCO’s Dress for Success. Become increasingly closer to being a successful professional.

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