I never know what is going to prompt me to write about a particular subject matter but the topic comes up frequently among my academy students before they take the Course For Professional Organizers – saying they have been dabbling in the business of organizing at work, or with friends and family and now want to get start a career doing what they love doing.
When you take the word “professional” in professional organizers it means that we are professionals. Unlike an amateur, like a pro golfer vs. a person golfing as a hobby, we differ in these ways:
- A professional is engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
- Professional relates to a job that requires special education, training, or skill
- Professionals exhibit a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
- (My favorite) a professional is characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
So a profession, or career, takes on more meaning when that career is one that involves being a professional.
I would also say that all people who work at a job are professionals, no matter what it is. But to me, if one doesn’t comply with #3 and #4 in my list above, they are NOT being a professional in the full sense of its definition (its meaning).
As a professional organizer then, it is very important that we behave as a professional under all circumstances. This is especially important to us because we deal with a variety of people and not all of them are in a good mental state. Aside from our skill sets, it takes a lot of patience and understanding when it comes to dealing with other people’s severe organization issues.
We are in the business of help. It’s a great service and we truly make a difference in people’s lives when we act as a professional, adhering to everything that goes along with being such.
Well, I think I’ve made my point and there’s no need to elaborate more that I already have!
Have a professional day!