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Professionalism in the US Workplace

Cultural differences and the workplace culture of your employer will have a big role in your employment. Below are some general tips on professionalism in the US workplace to help you as you get practical experience in your field.
  • Take time to observe and learn the culture of your new workplace.
    • Ask your coworkers and supervisor for questions you may have about how meetings, breaks, time off, sick days, etc. work. 
  • Be consistent:
    • When you learn a new task, remember how to do it for next time. You can take notes and save them on the computer if you’d like.
    • At work, the quality of your finished work is important. This might seem different than in class where effort is also really important.
    • Consistently completing tasks well at work is important!
  • Take initiative:
    • Taking initiative can mean volunteering for a new project or helping out a busy coworker when you have time. Just as extra credit work can help you in a course the willingness to go “above and beyond” at work is important.
    • This can help people see you as a “can-do” person who truly cares about your work.
    • This doesn't mean doing new things without asking your supervisor. Clear and regular communication is important, especially before trying a new task or starting a new initiative. You want to ensure the work you are doing is in line with the goals of your department and position. Your supervisor can help you evaluate this.
  • Try it first:
    • This is a great way to learn and become resourceful about finding answers on your own. You might be surprised at how much you were able to figure out on your own!