Wednesday, April 05, 2006


At the beginning of the session Tracey Rowe asked the trainees to introduce themselves and I was wondering why we had to tell our life stories. It was then that we realized after being together as a team for three weeks we did not know one another that much and this is unprofessional. The problem is society does not emphasize the importance of professionalism.

How you look, talk, write, act and work determine whether you are a professional or not. One should be flexible and learn new things, the culture, structure, people, rules and systems of the company to mention a few.

A professional seeks to add value and bring new ideas to the company, command respect, respect everyone in the company irrespective of their positions. Learn to fit in and build relationships. There will be a lot of expectations from colleagues, some will even try to intimidate you but be resilient. Do not try to be somebody else but keep your personality because that is what makes you special. Learn from the failures and see them as investment but avoid repeating same mistakes.

From what I experienced while doing voluntary jobs, some people are not professional and I wish the culture of professionalism could be instilled in every work environment. Some seniors undermine their juniors. The receptionists and the cleaners do not get the respect they deserve because they perform menial jobs. Professionalism should not be about the certificates but come from within the individual. This way everyone will feel comfortable, be able to interact with everyone and thus become productive. Anything you do, do it as a professional to professional standards and be humble at all times.


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