This essay was created in response to my professor's requirement for our Career Professionalism seminar.
What I have learned in Career Professionalism and how this will help me in my future jobs.
We all have our own dreams to fulfill our lives. But the big question is how are we going to achieve it? I have heard about people setting goals, making plans and taking steps to achieve it. With all the many strategies people have, the results of their actions may differ from one way to the others. Some people may succeed, others may change plans, but the worst thing is some people may actually fail. Specially if they lack the right attitude to chase success. I have learned that one major factor that people may be disregarding is being professional. Let me share what I have learned in Career Professionalism and understand how this will help me in my future jobs.
For me being professional is characterized by several other factors. Let me start with the value I found most helpful to direct us to the right path, that is discipline. It is almost taught everywhere as simply because it is the way to a peaceful environment. It applies to ourselves as well as without discipline one can lose the ability to make wise decisions and proper behavior to deal with our social environment. One example how lacking discipline could affect us is poor time management. We have discussed in our lesson what Steven Covey said - "Put first things first". Discipline involves setting the right priorities to be able to manage time wisely and decide what to do first. From the most important and urgent thing to the least important and not urgent thing. Planning is one way to fix time management. Steven Covey said "Failing to plan is planning to fail". That means if we do not make plans we are directing ourselves to the wrong path because not planning will result to time conflict of tasks or schedules in the future. If we do not know how to manage our time and choose to do what is not important it will lead us to failure because of lack of time to do what has to be done.
The next thing I have learned in Career Professionalism is passion. One should have passion to continue doing what he loves to do. The right attitude is to be optimistic and to put love in everything that you do instead of thinking negatively and complaining things you do not like. Think for example an employee who says he doesn't love his job. Can you imagine how long that person will last with a company and how would he be able to grow if he doesn't like what he is doing. Same thing goes with the saying "Choose a job you like and you never have to work in your life". In other words passion is the key to a persons growth. If you have passion in your career then your personal growth will go on as for career professionalism it is a continuous learning for improvement that never stops.
So how do these things will help me in my future jobs? Now that I have learned about career professionalism I am confident that in my future job I will be able to have good relationships with my co-workers by maintaining a positive attitude and being sensitive enough to understand them and solve issues if ever that we encounter a difficult situation. I am certain that I can grow as an individual as I choose a working environment where its mission, vision and core value statement is similar to by beliefs. I understand that it is important to set priorities not only to finish tasks but also to care for the greater things such as family, friends, health and goals. For that I will make plans and a checklist of the things I have accomplished on a short and long term basis to measure my success.
These are just some but all these attributes work together and interrelated to one another. Given the time I have, success awaits if I have the right attitude to win it. Because we have been given the chance to live in this world, there are things that are already made available for us to make use of. Nevertheless, it is up to us how we are going to care for it either spend it wisely for us to prosper or waste it for us to suffer.
Just a thought though, I've known some people who don't have plans, no goals nor mission to accomplish in life. At some point I was confused understanding the difference of successful people from those who ask why a person has to continue to improve oneself if he is already contented with simple things? I used to have the belief system that humility is the key to a happy life. That we must be grateful and contented with whatever is available to us. This is contrary to the habitual way of improving oneself and keep gaining achievements. However I realized that it is important in a different aspect of our personality as this connects to our spiritual being because no matter how high one person has become, he must not forget where he started and keep his feet on the ground. I conclude for those who doesn't have plans in their lives, it may be okay to be simple and be humble but in this world where change is the only permanent thing we must check ourselves if our lives are already fulfilled.
In addition to what I have learned with the topic of continual learning process is because system changes from generation to generation and lives change in all aspects as the world continue to level up. I can relate this to career professionalism just as how time changes the norms, trends changes peoples preferences and technology changes peoples practices. As we cope up with change we continue to adjust ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually - the areas of our personality where a character can be defined as successful if these areas are fulfilled.