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Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
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What To Expect

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The Art of Professionalism

Any new experience gives you a chance to redefine yourself.

  1. Will you become the professional your program/office/co-workers/supervisors always dreamed of?
  2. Will you be someone who exhibits strong skills, good judgment, and polite and appropriate behavior?

Whether you are beginning a new internship, job, graduate school program, or service program, focus on creating the professional image to which you aspire. Many employers consider internships to be a “working interview.” Make the most of your time with new colleagues and professionals no matter how short or temporary it might seem.

Before You Start

  1. Find out what the dress code is; stock up on work clothes. Want to learn more?
    Refer to “Your Career Wardrobe” section.
  2. Research the company; know the people and departments. LinkedIn can help.
  3. Figure out your commute and any stops along the way that could better prepare you for your day.

Your First Few Days…

  1. On your first day/week dress and behave more conservatively; get a feel for the culture.
  2. Remember the names of those you are introduced to. In your first few days on the job, jot down names until you remember them. They only have to remember one new name, while you have scores.
  3. If you can, personalize your workspace. Frame your degree and hang it on the wall.
    Put a small picture on your desk. Get a nameplate so everyone will know who you are.
  4. Be a sponge; try to absorb all the information about the company, the people, the culture.
  5. Get organized and develop your routine.

Find a Mentor
Having a good mentor can be a game-changer. Connecting with someone who can help you learn the ropes, the written and unwritten rules, is a lifesaver. It may take time but try to find someone who is:

  1. Experienced
  2. Looking for a leadership role
  3. In the field you are in or would like to be in
  4. Willing to set aside time to help

Organization Politics

  1. Own up to mistakes
  2. Always try to stay out of boss-bashing
  3. When someone compliments you for something done as a group, always give the group credit
  4. Surround yourself with the right crowd
  5. Learn to “read” your co-workers and superiors

Planning and Time Management

  1. Plan your day in advance
  2. Use To-Do lists and a daily planner
  3. Develop a routine - be punctual!
  4. Don't forget to schedule breaks
  5. Always have a pen and notepad handy
  1. Have the following either in your car or
    at your desk:
    1. Mints
    2. Deodorant
    3. Blazer (or extra shirt/tie)
    4. Pain reliever
Top 10...
Mistakes Ways to Succeed

Topics to Avoid
Discussing at Work

  1. Sharing too much personal information
  2. Using offensive language
  3. Being late for work
  4. Becoming too good of “friends” with the boss
  5. Gossiping
  6. Texting Cell Phone use
  7. Not participating in staff events
  8. Participating in staff events and drinking too much!
  9. Dressing too casually
  10. Dating a co-worker
  1. Taking initiative – volunteering for projects
  2. Being positive
  3. Keep good relationships with everyone in the office
  4. Set good boundaries
  5. Take a leadership role when given the chance
  6. Be innovative and find creative ways of helping the company succeed
  7. Listen – really listen
  8. Making use of your evaluations
    and feedback
  9. Network, network, network
  1. Religion
  2. Politics
  3. Problems with your significant other, roommate, or parents
  4. Your career aspirations
  5. Your health problems
  6. Anything negative about
    anyone else at work!
  7. Salary | Raises | Money in general
  8. Performance evaluations
  9. Avoid dirty jokes
Cell Phone
  1. Use “Please” and “Thank You”
  2. Use titles until given permission to do otherwise: Mr., Mrs., Dr.
  3. DON’T WRITE IN ALL UPPERCASE – it’s like shouting
  4. Be concise
  5. Plz Don’t Abbrvt.
  6. Use spell check
  1. Turn your cell phone ringer off
  2. Use your cell phone only for important
  3. Let your cell phone calls go to voicemail
  4. Find a private place to make cell phone calls
  5. Don’t bring the cell phone into the bathroom … EVER