Congratulations! You have officially obtained your education or training and you likely received a degree (or degrees). You may have also had to pass a qualifying exam. Now you are a professional!
A professional fill-in-the-blank. Banker, doctor, writer, scientist, athlete, nurse, lawyer, educator, motivational speaker, hair stylist, etc., etc., etc. …
But being a professional, acting professionally, is a lot more than a word attached to your education and training. It is more than just your job. Professionalism is about going above and beyond, doing what is necessary rather than the minimum requirements. Professionalism is a verb.
Professionalism is every action you perform in public. People are watching you and observing your attitudes, listening to your words, noticing your facial expressions and body language. Even your appearance.
It is the quality of your work…
…as well as how you treat people.
And all of these things come together to define your professional reputation. And your reputation will always precede you. Keep this in mind at all times, or your professionalism may become a question instead of a positive exclamation.
And professionals that choose to behave unprofessionally are often viewed by others as professional idiots. So check yourself.