Does being in the best attire make u a professional?? A big NO. It makes you look like a professional but doesn’t make you one. The culture now is all about being well dressed than actually having the values, ethics or the behavioral traits of a professional. Now the question arises of what is or who is a professional??a simple answer to it, the dictionary answer would be anyone attached a profession. Now is that so simple??..it would be great if it was. Professionalism is like a package, its not just the dressing part, its also the mannerisms, ethics, attitude et.al. Everyone now has a wrong notion that looking like one makes you one.
Here’s a funny instance: a client I met through work was pretty, well dressed and carried herself the best and the bubble burst the time she opened her mouth. The fake accent and the fake style oozing out of her was a complete turn off. Here’s the catch, she was well educated, she was in a top position and yet everything else was a dud. She made her point, didn’t understand mine, but yet tried to prove me wrong, like it was a game we were playing and she had to win. And once she was done, she walked away. Now, is that being professional??A big NO NO.
Professionalism is not something you could learn instantaneously and definitely not learnt from academics(may be the basics I agree would be learn @ your institutes), its what you learn, what you inculcate and hone it during the years of work and meeting different people and build traits of your own. There are a few basic rules of it agreed like being polite, punctual, be a listener etc etc., but even this is a combination that would portray you as a professional. So build that in you, don’t just look good, behave like a true professional, because its as easy as being YOU!!