The Importance of Professionalism

You only have one chance to make a first impression. If you would like to be viewed as a professional, you will need to act the part. As part of my teaching assistantship under Megan Govindan, MS, MPH, RD, LD, the Director of the Undergraduate DPD Program, I have created a PowerPoint Presentation composed of brief tips on professionalism. This slide show includes information on how to be viewed as a professional by your image, communication, body-language, demeanor, and competence. This PowerPoint has been made available to the dietetic ISPP (Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways) interns and undergraduate nutrition majors at West Virginia University. My hopes are that this PowerPoint will come in handy to students and interns as they begin to step into the professional world by attending interviews, conferences, meetings, and job-fairs.

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