One of the things to bear in mind while on Work Placement and when you start working after graduation is the need to exercise professionalism in the workplace. An online article about professionalism by K.A. Francis argues that there is ‘no set definition’ of professionalism. However, the author goes on to state that it is ‘the most important trait any employee should possess’. It is also important to remember that all organisations have their own set policies meaning what may be acceptable at one workplace, may not be acceptable at another.
The main traits we all should possess include:
- Being honest
- Showing positive work ethics
- Communicating with both your colleagues and management
- Being respectful and courteous of those around you.
The following articles offer more ideas on developing your professionalism: