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Dear Reader,

I recen t ly f in ished t akin g I NFO 386: Prof ession alism , a course I w as un aw are of b ef ore m y f orm er TA recom m en ded it t o m e. The t op ic soun ded in t riguin g, an d t he course ob ject ive of st ren gt hen in g skills f or t he p rof ession al realm ap p ealed t o m e as I look f or in t ern ship s. This class gave m e t he op p ort un it y p ract ice w ork relat ed skills an d gave m e t im e t o def in e p rof ession alism .

My ob j ect i ves f or t he course: -

I m p rove p resen t at ion skills Ref in e on lin e p resen ce Com m un icat e ef f ect ively verb ally an d in docum en t s Ap p reciat e t he value of n et w orkin g

I am som eon e w ho is con sist en t ly grow in g t hem selves an d w ho t akes t he t im e t o con t in ue learn in g even af t er havin g a st eady job . I seek t o w ork f or a com p an y w it h a st ron g vision an d values leadership s as I am som eon e t hat has a n eed t o p roduce result s. This class p ushed m e t o con st an t ly im p rove, I w ill t ake t hese lif e lesson s w it h m e as I w ork t ow ards m y degree in I n f orm at ics. This m agazin e w ill en com p ass t he m ain t akeaw ays t hat are crit ical f or m e t o look b ack up on as I ref eren ce t his in m y f ut ure career. The t akeaw ays f alls un der t he t h em es of b uildin g a solid on lin e p resen ce, keys t o n et w orkin g, p roject m an agem en t , an d en gagin g p resen t at ion s.

Enjoy, Melissa Do


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Professionalism "What does p rof ession alism m ean t o you?" This w as a quest ion I f oun d m yself un ab le t o f ully an sw er f or t he f irst several w eeks of t he quart er as t his b ecam e t he overarchin g course t hem e. I discovered it goes b eyon d t echn ical an d sof t skills. As I def in e p rof ession alism f or m yself , I have t o t hin k ab out w ho I am - - in cludin g ob ject ives an d a p urp ose. A quot e t hat reson at ed w it h m e w as t he san dw ich m et ap hor in t he Ricardo Locket t e video. I n resp on se t o w here his drive com es f rom , he an sw ers, "Look at it t his w ay. I f you w en t t o t he kit chen , an d you w ere f ixin g a san dw ich, an d you w ere really hun gry, an d you drop p ed your san dw ich ? t hat doesn ?t st op your hun ger. So do you go t o lay dow n , an d say I drop p ed m y san dw ich, or do you f ix

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an ot her san dw ich, or do you f in d som et hin g else t o eat ?" (GeekWire). I n an y ot her given sit uat ion , w hen som et hin g doesn ' t go as p lan n ed you have t o overcom e t hat sm all ob st acle an d con t in ue t o f eed t hat hun ger. I t hin k w hen det erm in in g t he b usin ess p rof ession al I in t en d t o b e f or f ut ure careers, it derives f rom p assion , grit , resilien ce, an d t he goals I w an t t o con t in ue t o at t ain . When it com es t o p rof ession alism it ' s sign if ican t t o keep t his quest ion in t he b ack of m y m in d, "What is t he in t ersect ion b et w een w ho am

I , w hat I care ab out , an d w hat t he organ izat ion w an t s?" Som e of t he m ain p oin t s w hen f igurin g out t he t yp e of p rof ession al I w an t t o b e is t o f irst est ab lish m y ob ject ives an d t o f in d a p urp ose. Wit h t he accum ulat ion of m y p ast exp erien ce an d kn ow ledge, I can def in e w hat p rof ession alism m ean s t o m e. I f in d m yself t o b e a p eop le p leaser, b ut learn ed t ryin g t o im p ress ot hers an d livin g up t o som eon e else' s exp ect at ion s w ill n ot m ake m e hap p y w hile achievin g an educat ion . This segues in t o m an agin g on eself on lin e an d p erson al b ran din g.


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" You r Person al Bran d ref l ect s wh o you are" BuildingOnline Presence The key t o b uildin g on lin e p resen ce an d p erson al b ran din g is havin g a st rat egy, goals, an d keep in g t he readers in m in d. To m an age your iden t it y on lin e you m ust have short an d lon g- t erm goals. An ot her elem en t is t hin kin g of t he kin d of im p ression you w an t t o leave readers an d recruit ers. On e m ain p oin t . I learn ed it is alw ays im p ort an t t o st ay act ive on sit es such as Lin kedI n , alw ays up dat in g w ork exp erien ce t o at t ract job recruit ers. As a design er, em p loyers w an t t o kn ow w hat p roject s you have w orked on . Hen ce, f in din g a p lat f orm t o show case your successf ul p roject s even a b log w eb sit e w ould b e b en ef icial. I cam e t o t he con clusion t hat in

order t o im p rove m y chan ces of get t in g hired, I have t o f in d w ays t o m arket m y st ren gt hs an d un iquen ess t o recruit ers. I n it ially, I didn ' t t hin k m uch of t he im p act of m an agin g m y on lin e rep ut at ion un t il w e w at ched t he ?Scot t y got an of f ice job ? Yout ub e video. Over t he course of m akin g his video series, it gain ed p op ularit y an d he got f ired f rom his job sin ce it w as un p rof ession al an d b ecam e his p riorit y. I learn ed I have t o b e caref ul of w hat I p ost on m y social m edia sit es b ecause it m ost likely w on ' t b e delet ed. Lookin g at t he con sequen ce of t his act ion , t he videos m ade him virt ually un em p loyab le. The m ain t akeaw ay here is t o b e m in df ul an d con scious of w hat you p ost on t he in t ern et b ecause it m ay b ackf ire an d p ot en t ially hurt your chan ces of get t in g hired.

Your p erson al b ran d ref lect s w ho you are.


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" Every I n t eract i on Creat es an I m p ressi on "

Networkingyour Way totheTop Af t er t he career f air an d n et w orkin g day, I discovered a n um b er of lesson s t hat w ill b e a valuab le resource in t he f ut ure. I cam e t o ap p reciat e t he value of n et w orkin g. At career f airs it can b e very overw helm in g an d n erve w reckin g due t o t he crow ds of p eop le. Alt hough , I discovered t o st an d out , a m ain p oin t w e learn ed is t o have a st ron g p erson al in t roduct ion p rep ared t hat is short an d con cise. Here are a f ew of t he t akeaw ays I accum ulat ed f rom n et w orkin g day: -

Ask sp ecif ic quest ion s t o show in t erest Follow - up an d st ay in t ouch Writ e a t han k you n ot e Do Research on t he com p an y an d t he em p loyee' s Lin kedI n p rof ile

Ef f ect ive n et w orkin g is n ot just ab out han din g t he recruit ers your resum e, t here are also w ays t o m an age t he in t an gib les w hile you are w ait in g in lin e. Person ally, I alw ays dreaded goin g t o career f airs an d overlooked it b ecause f or t he m ajorit y of t he t im e you are st an din g in lin e doin g n ot hin g. A key t o n et w orkin g t o t ake t he t im e w hile you are w ait in g t o t ry eavesdrop p in g on t he in t erview s ahead of you t o get a sen se of t he com p an y an d w hat t hey are lookin g f or. An ot her w ay t o m ake use of t im e is t o research t he com p an y on your p hon e. I also learn ed t hat if t he b oot h has less p eop le or n ob ody lin ed up t o t alk t o t he t hem , it w ould b e in your b est in t erest t o go up t hem f irst .


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EffectiveCommunication Havin g t he sof t skill of ef f ect ive an d clear com m un icat ion w as def in it ely a skill I w an t ed t o im p rove on . First of f , havin g t he skill set an d exp erien ce t o b e an ef f ect ive com m un icat or b oost s your credib ilit y. This t hem e of t he class reson at es w it h m e b ecause com m un icat in g w it h clarit y is sign if ican t in m an y asp ect s of t he w orkf orce such as b usin ess p rop osals, em ails, p resen t at ion s, et c. Havin g t he ab ilit y t o have delib erat e com m un icat ion w ill op en up m ore doors an d op p ort un it ies. There are several m ain p oin t s p ert ain in g t o verb al an d w rit t en com m un icat ion . On e of t hem b ein g, "t here is n o such t hin g as p rof ession al com m un icat ion t hat is p urely t o in f orm ." Our in t en t is t o m ake t he audien ce f eel crit ically im p ort an t an d solely givin g t hem f act s m ight st eer t hem aw ay. Sp ecif ically, in w rit t en com m un icat ion it has t o b e organ ized an d has w ork t o b e p lan n ed b ef orehan d. I discovered t he key st ep s in t he p rocess of w rit in g: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ob ject ive Your Credib ilit y Medium Con t en t Writ in g

On e of t he st ep s is t o f irst f in d t he b est m edium f or t he con t en t . I f oun d w rit in g can b e dif f icult due t o t he am oun t of com p lexit y, esp ecially in b usin ess p rop osals. The key t o ef f ect ive w rit in g is t o "do t he hard w ork, so your audien ce doesn ' t have t o." I n t he b usin ess case p roject s, w e w an t ed t o avoid lon g chun ks of t ext . I n st ead, w e ap p roached t he t he w rit in g p ort ion w it h t he ' less is m ore' m in dset . Moreover, w e in corp orat ed t ab les f or t he b udget an d schedule, w it h t he in t en t t hat t he audien ce could review it easily. At an y t im e w here w e avoided havin g b locks of t ext , t b ecam e m uch easier f or us t o read an d ab sorb . Key t akeaw ay: m axim ize sp ace w it h qualit y con t en t .


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Project Management f rom t heir p oin t of view . I n a group set t in g, everyon e w ill b e f rom dif f eren t cult ures an d in t he w orkp lace diversit y can eit her m ake it hard or easy. Avoid crossin g t he b oun dary of p ut t in g som eon e on t he def en se b y judgin g t or of f en din g t heir values. The t hree t akeaw ays of p roject p lan n in g are ob ject ives, schedule, goals, st rat egy & t act ics.

I n t he p rocess of creat in g a b usin ess p rop osal, t o p it ch a n ew idea or t echn ology it is a given w ho t he audien ce w ill b e. Moreover, t o help w it h t his m akin g a p ap er p lat e w it h t he p erson w ho are p resen t in g or w rit in g t o w ill b e help f ul. The out p ut of a p roject , dep en ds on how m uch w ork you an d your t eam m at es have p ut in t o it f rom t he st art . This is det erm in ed b y est ab lish group roles, com in g up w it h a st rat egy t o t ackle t he p rob lem , havin g a design at ed t eam leader, an d a group t im elin e. Furt herm ore, t o b e a t eam p layer an d collab orat ive it is vit al t hat all m em b ers ackn ow ledges t he in dividualit y an d diversit y p resen t . I learn ed w e have t o b e con siderat e an d see t hin gs

Bein g on t op of deadlin es is a key f act or, if you f in ish early it gives you m ore t im e t o review . The an alogy of an om elet t e in t he M ythical M an M onth disp lays an exam p le of delayin g sof t w are p roject an d how t hat can b e det rim en t al. Brooks m en t ion s , "An om elet t e, p rom ised in t w o m in ut es, m ay ap p ear t o b e p rogressin g n icely. But w hen it has n ot set in t w o m in ut es, t he cust om er has t w o choices ? w ait or eat it raw (21)." I f you are given t he choice as cook t o t ake lon ger t o f ully cook t he om ellet e, t hen t his relat es w orkin g on a p roject an d askin g f or an ext en sion rat her t han releasin g a half - b aked p roduct .


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EngagingPresentations "What is a p resen t at ion ?" A p resen t at ion is a con versat ion f or en dless p ossib ilit ies, an d on e t hat desires a def in it e out com e. The p urp ose of t he class p resen t at ion s w as t o p rop ose a solut ion t o a com p an y p rob lem an d get ap p roval of a p roject of our ow n . There w ere b ot h sim p le an d com p lex f act ors t o t he m ost

m em orab le p resen t at ion s in class. The p resen t at ion s t hat st ood out t o m e con t ain ed several elem en t s t hat w orked w ell: -

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ap p ealin g t o em ot ion s t old a st ory b ein g in t eract ive an d askin g f or audien ce p art icip at ion show casin g a p rop ap p rop riat e b ody lan guage an d vary in t on e

To have t hese elem en t s f low sm oot hly, I f oun d a heavy am oun t of p rep arat ion is required t o b e successf ul. The p re- w ork usually con sist s of t he t he result s you w an t t o p roduce, kn ow in g your audien ce, an d choosin g t he b est m edium . I w ould f in d a p resen t at ion t o b e en gagin g w hen t he p resen t er has a st ron g in t roduct ion w it h an em ot ion al st ory, in st ead of jum p in g st raight in t o t heir con t en t . A


key p oin t I learn ed f rom a p resen t at ion is t o set t he t on e, t his is a w ay t o ackn ow ledge t he scop e of t he resp on sib ilit y f or t he audien ce. Addit ion ally, an im p ort an t in t eract ion w it h t he audien ce w ould b e t he Q& A. Person ally, I didn ' t have m uch exp erien ce w it h Q& A, b ut I b ecam e aw are t he resp on ses are n ot ew ort hy t o clarif y an y m isun derst an din gs or t hin gs t hat w ere f ailed t o m en t ion . The key t o t he Q& A is how t he p resen t er w ould m an age t he audien ce b y b ein g in com p let e con t rol an d readin g t he surroun din gs. A sp ecif ic exam p le of readin g t he room ef f ect ively w ould b e in t he in t erview w it h Microsof t em p loyee Eric En gst rom . Alt hough, his exp erien ce in court w as n ot a p resen t at ion set t in g t he t akeaw ay f rom his st ory in t he in t erview is quit e valuab le. En gst rom t est if ied in court an d he ap p roached b ein g on t he st an d com p let ely dif f eren t t han ot hers. The t akeaw ay f rom his in t erview is he w as ab le m an age aroun d t he court , at t he sam e t im e b ein g

hum orous. I t hought En gst rom cam e in t o t he court con f iden t , didn ' t hesit at e t o an sw er t he quest ion s, an d had a ap p rop riat e t on e. He adap t ed t o t he set t in g in court an d w as w ell aw are of his surroun din g w hich w orked t o his b en ef it . Regardin g t o in - class p resen t at ion s, if hum or com es n at urally t o you it doesn ' t hurt t o let your p erson alit y shin e in t he p resen t at ion esp ecially if it m ean s t he audien ce w ill b e en gaged an d m ore likely t o list en t o you. The shark t an k p resen t at ion s had a n um b er of t akeaw ays t hat I w as ab le t o learn f rom , even in t he on es t hat didn ' t go as w ell. There is a b ig dif f eren ce in w ho get s an sat isf yin g of f er an d w ho doesn ' t . Darrin John son p it ched an idea t hat w as un realist ic sin ce it required surgery. While t he successf ul p resen t er (ref er t o t ab le) had a w ider ran ge t o have his p roduct b e m arket ed in . I learn ed it is im p ort an t t o have t he m arket in m in d t hat your p roduct can succeed in an d t o have a realist ic idea. Nevert heless, t he audien ce w an t s t o kn ow sp ecif ic det ails an d t he exact n um b ers (e.g. how m uch are you askin g f or, st ake p ercen t age, an d f un ds n eeded).


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ObjectiveAssessment Com in g in t o class m y ob ject ives w ere t o: -

I m p rove p resen t at ion skills Ref in e on lin e p resen ce Com m un icat e ef f ect ively verb ally an d in w rit t en f orm Have a b et t er un derst an din g of n et w orkin g an d it s im p act

I t hought t he class m et m y ob ject ives exceedin gly. The han ds- on exp erien ce has help ed m e im p rove im m en sely. Not on ly did w e have m an y learn in g op p ort un it ies in - class, w e w ere also en courage t o go t o t he career f air an d con duct a p rof ession al in t erview out side of class.

Meet in g p eop le at t he career f air an d on n et w orkin g day has given m e con f iden ce t o b e successf ul in t he t ech f ield. For group p roject s, it m ade m e realize t he im p ort an ce of diversit y. Also, p ract icin g havin g an audien ce in m in d, t o p it ch an idea w as usef ul f or job s. As w e w ere required t o give p resen t at ion s f requen t ly t hroughout t he quart er, I gain ed con f iden ce in m y p resen t at ion al skills.

My ob ject ives did n ot chan ge m uch alon g t he w ay, sin ce a large p ort ion of t he class f ocused on group p roject s I also hop ed t o learn p roject m an agem en t an d leadership .

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