Practical Personal Professionalism - Short Course
- 2.5 hours on-demand video
- 9 articles
- 14 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- How to be Personally Professional
- Students will learn how to be professional to help them find that first job or take that next career step
- No prerequisites, but access to a printer would help
Personal Professionalism usually takes years to learn, and even then it's really only if you are a member of a traditional profession, like medicine and law.
Yet employers DEMAND that their people possess professionalism right from the very first day they start their job; and on top of that, they believe that schools, colleges and universities are responsible for teaching professionalism.
By taking this short course on Practical Personal Professionalism, you will:
Learn what professionalism REALLY is instead of learning a dictionary definition or Googling a list of nice things to have
Be able to THINK like a professional
SEE the world through the eyes of a professional
Have the answer to the question 'what would a professional do?' when you are unsure and no other guidance is available
- Young people who have finished diplomas, degrees or apprenticeships and are ready to find that first job
- Young people in the early stages of their careers who find that they haven't ever been taught what it is to be professional
- People wanting to advance their career but feel that 'something' is missing
An introduction to the course, why learn about professionalism and who should take the course.
If you Google 'professionalism', you will typically get lots of lists of things to do and things not to do. There are some gems there, but professionalism is a state of mind and a way of approaching work - no list can help you in every situation.
So there has to be insight, a bit of theory and a dash of philosophy to understand what professionalism really is.
Here are three brief stories from real life that we can all relate to. The stories start to help us understand what professionalism is and how we know it when we see it. We will draw on the themes in this video throughout the course.
In this lecture, we discuss the importance of fulfilling the actual Purpose of your Work-Role, not merely what you think it might be!
We draw on a simple life event to make the point about the reality of 'doing your job' and its contribution to your Personal Professionalism. The rest of the lectures in this Section build on that reality.
What is 'Presence' and what does it mean to your Personal Professionalism?
It's true. Despite my enthusiasm, I'm not good enough at football for people to pay to watch me. We can take this (sad!) truth to start to understand what we mean by 'Standards' and their role in your Personal Professionalism.
People are relying on you when you are performing your Work-Role. They need to be able to know what to expect from you, no surprises! They need to be able to expect the expected, not the unexpected!
No one can promise something with absolute certainty; but organisations can't function if people merely wish or hope that you will do your job. Professionalism exists between 'hope' but short of 'certainty' - it is actually a proxy for certainty so that people are confident that you will do your job and they can get on with theirs.
Being Personally Professional is to be the version of YOU that most helps you to do your job. It's not about trying to be someone that you are not. You also need to understand that because there is not 'two of you', that what you do in your personal life can affect your professional life and vice versa. This truth means that you need to be aware of all facets of your life, how they affect each other and what you need to do about it.
In job interviews, employers know when people are insincere and not genuine - they are aware of people cramming their CVs with noble tasks that are about helping them in their career, not for doing good. Know your story; know why you are there being interviewed; when you are asked a question, your reply will be genuine and sincere and you will find the best place for yourself in the working world.