Are you Hurting Yourself Professionally?
Saya Arakawa is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Advertising/Public Relations with a minor in Creative Writing. She is an intern at Uproar PR in Orlando and is loving the experience she is getting working in the PR field.
Staying professional in your workplace is ideal. It defines you as an employee, a coworker, a boss, and as a representation of the company. It can help one rise on the career ladder, while also holding one down from opportunities because they don’t follow through appropriately. Professionalism is the key to success when it comes to the workplace.
In order to be a professional, you want to balance staying positive and having good enthusiasm, while still maintaining a mature attitude in your workplace. Smiling doesn’t mean you’re not working hard; it will just spread a positive ambiance throughout the office. Show that you do take your work seriously and that you don’t lose that sense of control and competence. Share with others the love and passion that you have for your job, even if it’s been one of those long, difficult Mondays. Remember what you are there to accomplish and what you want to come out of it.
Professionalism goes even outside of the office – networking events, company parties, or other business events one may take with their coworkers. It’s important to remember that even at those events you are still being watched over and you should still treat it as if you were in the office. Use this time to network with your boss or another coworker you usually wouldn’t get the opportunity to talk with during a workday. It is the perfect opportunity to impress the boss and show them a bit of your personality.
Tyger Danger, Account Executive of Uproar PR, has had a lot of experience in a working environment. From Washington D.C. to Gainesville to Orlando, Danger is a perfect representative of what a professional should do and how they should act. “It’s important to present yourself in the way you would like to be perceived. It starts with dress. Dress for the job you want, not the job that you have.” Danger states how important it is to understand how your “bosses value when you have the courage to contribute to a conversation and give out new ideas, but it’s also important to have discipline and self control with your word choice. There will be times when you get yelled at, but those are the times when you need to just sit back and bite your tongue.” Danger explains how professionalism is important in our industry and every other industry and how one should always carry themselves in a respectable manner. “Professionalism is learned, through trial and error, not innate,” Danger says.
Being a professional and maintaining that professional level is highly important when in the workplace. Whether in the office or outside of the office, it is important to keep focus on your goals and aspirations to succeed in your career. Reputations stick with you so it’s important to make yours a good one. You never know when you are going to need your coworkers as a reference, so keeping that reputation as a positive one will only further you in your career goals. The most valuable tip I’ve gained so far in my internship experience is always staying positive. There are going to be moments when you just want to break down, but you have to keep your head up high and keep in mind of what your long-term goals are. Never give up!