The King's College
Office of Career Development

Professionalism

At King’s, we believe that professionalism matters. After all, professionals are the kind of people that others respect and value. They are a credit to their organization. They are the first to be considered for promotions and are awarded valuable projects or clients.

But what does “professionalism” mean? For some it means dressing appropriately. For others, it means doing a good job. Professionalism, though, includes both of these and covers much, much more.

Specialized Knowledge

Professionals have made a commitment to develop and improve their skills. They have worked in serious, thoughtful, and sustained ways to master the specialized knowledge needed to succeed in their fields. Students, then, should be intentional about acquiring hard skills in specific industries, like, for example, gaining knowledge about trading by participating in the fantasy investment league.

Competency

Professionals work hard and do high quality work. They are reliable and keep promises. If circumstances arise that prevent them from delivering on their promises, they manage expectations up front, and they do their best to make the situation right. They don’t make excuses but focus on finding solutions. Students, then, should honor their commitments and, if there is a question about whether they can deliver, communicate in advance.

Honesty and Integrity

Professionals keep their word and can be trusted. They don’t compromise their values—even when that might mean taking a more difficult road. They are also humble; they ask for help when they need it and are willing to learn from others. They hold themselves accountable for their thoughts, words, and actions, especially when they’ve made a mistake. Students, then, should actively listen to others and observe what is happening around them.

Self-Regulation

Professionals show respect for the people around them, no matter their role or situation. They exhibit a high degree of empathy and emotional intelligence, and they don’t led a bad day impact how they interact with their colleagues or their clients. Students, then, should be polite, using good manners to everyone they meet—no matter what their role is or how they’re feeling.

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Professionals dress appropriately. They’re polished, not wearing sloppy outfits or having unkept hair. They exude a unique confidence and are respected for this. Students, then, should abide by the dress code.

Communication

Professionals are good at email. They use appropriate greetings, salutations, and titles. They are not informal in their business interactions. Students, then, should see their emails to faculty and staff as opportunities to hone their craft of communications, addressing their recipients with respect.

Timeliness

Professionals are on time. They arrive early and don’t make people wait for them. They submit projects on time and, if they can’t, communicate that in advance. Students, then, can arrive to class on time, submit assignments on time, email promptly, and be available when needed.