Professionalism and Career Networking
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Professionalism and Career Networking Authors: Susan S. Stratton Leading Edge Mentoring Dorothy I. Mitstifer Kappa Omicron Nu Characteristics of a Profession Value Orientation to Service for the Welfare of Society Abstract Knowledge Used, Autonomy in Decision-Making Adaptably & Skillfully, & In the Area of Service Action Relative to Service Six Characteristics of Professional Style Ethical Altruistic Responsible Theoretical Committed Intellectual Competence is a Given! Ethical Style Deals honestly with Does not misrepresent others personal qualifications. Maintains confidentiality Faces self honestly. regarding professional matters. Recognizes professional biases and bases attitude and action upon a sound rationale. Believes that others recognize the stature of a professional. Altruistic Style Behaves unselfishly Shows positive Devotes practice to the attitude toward interests of others. co-workers, children, Demonstrates motives adults, and community for professional members. practice that are NOT selfish Shows respect for others. True North Responsible Style Promises only what can Thinks before reacting. be delivered. • Foresees possible outcomes of • Follows through on professional actions. commitments. • Makes decisions based on • Delivers on time. possibilities. • Says “no” without guilt. • Considers the best interest of • Is accountable for own the client. actions. Evaluates his/her professional Supports the basic tenets practice. of the profession. • Confronts discrepancies • Develops a philosophy between intentions and actions. and sound rationale for • Assesses own contribution professional practice. realistically. Theoretical Style Practices critical thinking. Contributes to knowledge base. Shows appreciation for scholarship, research and theory. Presents the theoretical foundation of ideas and actions. Evaluates own professional practice in light of new conditions and knowledge. Committed Style Spends time beyond the call of duty. Belongs to and takes an active part in professional organizations. Identifies with the profession both when it is praised and criticized. Articulates the profession’s philosophy and practice to the public. Intellectual Style Reads current journals. • Keep abreast of technical advances. • Reads about own and related professions and specialties. Interacts with colleagues Strives toward self- to gain new perspectives. improvement. • Participates in conferences. • Develops • Enrolls in courses regularly. performance skills. Achieving Professionalism Exhibit the three characteristics of a profession. Participate in a unified professional membership. • A professional will pay dues out of their own pocket to organizations for the privilege of being a practicing professional. • A professional organization is the cooperative agency through which the profession is advanced. Identify and eliminate anti-professional developments • Political activism and increased visibility as professionals will be required to create and sustain positive professional advancement. Stages of Development of a Professional Pre-Professional Applier Analyst Meszaros & Braun, 1980 Integrator Reflection & Action Planning What have I learned that I can put to immediate use? What do I want to do in the future to improve my professional style? • Notice your own actions and those of others that exhibit that element of, or lack of, professionalism. • Carefully evaluate your own actions and how they relate to your internal beliefs and assumptions. • Challenge whether the belief or assumption is valid. • Create an action plan to work on bringing more coherence between actions and beliefs, creating greater integrity and authenticity. Optional Follow-up Activity Make an appointment with a professional to learn more about the career you seek. • What are the satisfactions you derive from your practice? • How have you sought to increase your effectiveness as a professional? • Can you describe an ethical problem that you have faced? How have you dealt with it? • What advice do you have for me to ensure my development as a professional? Share your findings at a follow-up chapter meeting. • Share the responses to the interview questions. • What was the most important thing you learned? • As a group, summarize the feedback and write an article for the Kappa Omicron Nu Chapter Newsletter.