The Webster dictionary defines professionalism as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. To understand what is a profession, first we need to know the difference between a job and a profession. Based on the educational qualification and financial needs, people tend to get into jobs where they can earn sufficient amount for their living. Jobs can be full-time, part-time, seasonal, temporary, odd jobs or self-employment based on individual choice and capability. A job will have mostly routine work which require physical activity. Routine works like operating machinery, driving vehicles, loading and unloading, supervising staff, etc. are considered as jobs.

Whereas in a profession after attaining sufficient educational qualification, individuals get into a training program where they learn stuff related to work both theoretically and practically. Once they are done with their training part, they are absorbed into a probation period where individuals need to apply their trained skills in their work. Once they are through their probation period, they are certified to take up their work to a next level which will be in coming days become their profession. In a profession there is always advancement in techniques and technology as the years pass by and the professional requirement is that individuals need to always get updated with the new techniques and new technology to survive in their profession on a long-term basis. Professionals such as doctors, engineers, teachers, advocates, journalists, sports persons, medical transcriptionists etc., all go through the above process. In comparison to a job holder, professional sees a commendable economic growth.

How to be a professional:
First and foremost neat and tidy look for self-confidence.
Be punctual.
Finish your daily targets a little before or on time.
Check feedbacks on a daily basis and get updated.
Be steady and don't get frustrated until the objective is accomplished.
Experiment new ways on how you can make your work easy.
Avoid unnecessary conversations and long breaks while at work.
Teach your skills and techniques to those who are inexperienced and slow at work.
Always welcome challenges at work.
Avoid saying "No" to any new task given.
Never forget your commitment and stick to it every time.

As you can see from these characteristics, professionals are the kind of people that others respect and value. They are a genuine credit to their organizations. True professionals are the first to be considered for promotions, they are awarded valuable projects or clients, and they are routinely successful in their careers.

Now that you have a clear view of what constitutes professionalism, are you demonstrating these characteristics to the people around you?
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