Personally Growing in My Profession. Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC. Overview . Define Professionalism Elements of Professionalism How to grow as a Professional Hindrances to Professionalism How to get others to see you as a Professional Opportunities within the Profession.
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Personally Growing in My Profession Lynn Lawrence, CPOT, ABOC
Overview • Define Professionalism • Elements of Professionalism • How to grow as a Professional • Hindrances to Professionalism • How to get others to see you as a Professional • Opportunities within the Profession
Where do we start? What does being a professional mean? • An occupation requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation • Conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
Professions • Have a body of knowledge, scope of practice, agreed upon values, oath or code and accountability to our society for their profession and their professional behavior.
Professionalism • Webster: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or professional individual • Sports, medicine, law, technical skills When you fail, the entire profession takes a hit!
Professionalism • Describes a certain type of behavior in the workplace • Based on our values and understanding of our professional roles • Evidenced in our behavior • Becoming an expert
Professionalism is: • Having an awareness of how your actions, body language, and words affect others • Being accountable for one’s actions • Learning to master skills of the trade • Leading by example • Having a passion that cannot be stopped
Personal Definition • Lynn: someone that has learned a skill, understands it’s importance, and continually strives to improve upon it through education and on-the-job training
Compassion • Com( Latin meaningwith or together)…pass means to move from one state to another… ion means condition or action… • Compassion…to spare, to love, especially to find, have, show and to obtain mercy, have pity, sympathy for someone in distress • Passion will drive you there, but compassion will cause you to act and do something…. directed passion with a purpose…you must get outside of yourself, your feelings, it is about someone other than you…
Elements of a Profession • Values • Ethics • Reputation • Goals • Knowing your limits
Is your profession important? • What are you doing to build your profession? • How are you maintaining your professional status? • Are you involved in your state or national organizations? • How are you as a professional going to move forward as the profession changes?
Great Attitudes • Perform each task well • Learn each job to the next highest level • Be passionate and compassionate • Everyone is a business contact • Everything is possible • Words really matter
Our relationships with patients: • Therapeutic context • Safety, trust, and ethical behavior are foundational • Relationships have boundaries • Vulnerability of patients and the imbalance of power Treat patients like favorite family members
Professional loyalty • Doctor provides opportunity for you to advance • How do you show your loyalty • What effect will your actions have on the overall profession
Functional Trust • All people have an equal need for respect • Respect is the basic foundation of all healthy personal relationships • Each team member is equally important • Each team member’s work is equally important
Personal Professional Development • Don’t wait for someone else to train you • Work for an office that is professionally supporting your dreams and goals • Don’t make excuses, make plans and stick to them • Get involved in your future…develop career path to success and follow it… • Find others to get involved in your future • Become an expert • Don’t forget, it is your future
Being Well-Rounded • Study all areas of your expertise • Focus on your local needs • Focus on your patient’s needs • Understand the staff needs • See the “Big Picture”
Look and Think the Part • Dress for success • Pay attention to perceptions • Do you project: team player, team leader, group coordinator, project officer? • Ask others… don’t be self deceived
How to grow as a Professional • Education • Dedication • Perseverance • Association • Personal • Local • State • National • International
Ways to Develop Your Profession • Examine what you want…be the example • Set clear borders • Teach staff how to learn • Find great examples • Educate, educate… • Express values • Tactical/ strategic thinking • Read, study, and read some more
Get Involved Find compassion at any of these levels • International • National • State • Local • Office • Charities • Civic organizations
Know you can make a difference • Get focused • Get involved • Find a professional area that is exciting • Find a way to assist the profession • Don’t just sit there • Have purpose • Do your part
Developing Those Around You • Ensure everyone is learning • Ensure everyone understands what is expected and what is at stake • Establish efficient lines of communication • Instill an atmosphere of teamwork • Accountability; we are only as strong as our weakest link
Determining Professionalism • No one can tell you if you are a professional • You can work in a profession and not demonstrate the traits of a profession • Does not matter what you actually do, you can do it professionally • You determine if you want to be viewed as a professional
How a Professional is Judged • Against a set of expectations or standards • From our own personal values set and understanding of what “professionalism” means • May be situational in nature • Strongly influenced by culture
A Professional is judged through: • Our Image (dress code: cleavage, belly, tattoos, piercings) • Communication (phone manners, profanity) • Competence • Demeanor • Attitude • Perception from others
Interviewing Look for a profession, not just a job! • Learn the basics and make a positive impression • Know who you are and what you can do • Do your homework and be prepared • Answer key interview questions with ease • Handle tough questions with confidence • Follow up • Negotiate a fair salary
From the Co-Workers Perspective • Trustworthy • Competent • Supportive • Respectful • Accountable
Hindrances • Not knowing your job • Poor communicator • Fail to understand impact of actions • Poor decision making • Poor language • Personal conduct on and off the job • Not keeping current with trends in profession • Dress and appearance • Poor or bad attitudes
Professionalism is NOT! • Blaming others • Waiting for others to take the lead • Bringing drama to situations • Losing your composure • Making excuses • Being a know-it-all • Letting your ego take over • Having a bad attitude • Power trips
Always being bigger than the problem! • In control, not forceful • Never stooping or lowering your guard • Taking responsibility • Honest, but harmless
Others Judge Your Professionalism • Advocate everywhere • Train • Tell, show, watch, agree • Look the part • Speak the part • Communicate the part • Always be aware • Get feedback • Practice at home
More professional development • Create an environment that encourages development • Develop a clear advancement plan • Find out about staff’s personal goals • Write down the career path/review quarterly
How to Recognize Professionals • Professionals are always learning • Professional conduct demonstrates learning • Professionals are focused on the profession • Professionals connect with the profession • Professionals know what they are doing • Professionals look, talk, reflect their roles • Professionals are loyal to the profession in their actions • Professionals look for ways to advance the profession • You never have to look for a professional
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. OgMandino
Opportunities within Profession • There are opportunities within local, state, and national organizations • Guidelines established by reputable organization
On-Line Degree Program • Four Semester Course Plan – Technical Diploma • Not every course of the program is offered every semester. Students enrolled in the online technical diploma program at Madison Area Technical College are advised to follow this course plan. • http://madisoncollege.edu/online-optometric-course-plan-technical-diploma
American Board of Opticianry • ABO/NCLE • 28% require certification • 75% hiring preference • 75% higher pay • 40% promotion preference • After 10 yrs of exp, earn $6K more • 90% of states use testing as a reference for licensing
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