Professionalism is our start

The way we see it a professional is a person who has a long period of commitment to a single field with skill, knowledge and experience. The skill, knowledge and experience are evaluated by the relevant market segment and he/she has financially gained above the average level of the non professionals involved in the same field. Their professional skill, knowledge and experience should be evaluated and justified by the professional body or organization. True professionals are expected to abide by the code of conduct and code of ethics formulated by the professional body or organization for him/her to guarantee a quality service to his/her customers. In a professional context, concern for genuineness, trustworthiness, reliability is considered at a high level and hence they develop the social respect, honor and reputation.

Professionalism could be seen as the meticulous adherence to undeviating courtesy, honesty, and responsibility in one's dealings with customers and associates, plus a level of excellence that goes over and above the commercial considerations and legal requirements.

A general, raw view of professionalism is, "a focused, accountable, confident, competent, motivation toward a particular goal, with respect for hierarchy and humanity, less the emotion." What this means is that you leave out the outbursts and emotional thralls that accompany stressful situations and success. You maintain focus, with a sense of urgency, and accept responsibility on a path toward a specific goal. In the process, you maintain respect for your superiors, peers, and subordinates as well as respect them as human beings.

Professionalism has many levels and is handled many different ways. You might find that what one person sees as being professional, another would see otherwise. This can cause considerable confusion for someone trying to define professionalism in their own career. But, the one point to keep in mind is that the core definition of professionalism is always the same.

Professionalism is the start. To maintain our professionalism, and thus to preserve the contract with society, it is essential to reestablish the standards in all that we do and be deeply committed to marinating excellence at all times.