Professionalism is the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person who is trained to do a job well. University Career Services is committed to raising the baseline of professionalism of Mason students through mutually beneficial partnerships with employers, faculty, staff, alumni, student organizations, and Mason families. Professionalism is very important because:

  • Along with job-specific skills, professionalism can influence hiring decisions
  • Professionalism helps you keep a job or internship
  • Possessing a high level of professionalism helps you stand out when pursuing a promotion
  • Professionalism helps you excel in your studies


Learn how you can help enhance the level of professionalism at Mason:

Students
We will help you (and your friends) become professional before you graduate from Mason! Here are a few tips to get you started:

Read about professionalism
Read articles about professionalism topics on our Pinterest page.

Request a presentation

Request a presentation for your student organization about professionalism.

Practice interviewing
Do a practice interview with your industry advisor to get feedback about your ability to demonstrate professionalism during an interview.

Job shadow
Participate in Take a Patriot to Work to learn more about the work environment and professional expectations of your desired industry. 

Make an appointment
Make a professionalism appointment once you land an internship or job.

Faculty and Staff
You influence the future success of your students! Here are a few ways to help your students excel:

Request a presentation
Request a presentation
about professionalism for your class or student organization. 

Refer a student
Refer a student for a professionalism appointment.

Practice professional attire
Ask students to wear professional attire when giving class presentations and attending the Career Fair.

Employers

Employers help us to better understand professionalism expectations. Here are a few ways to share your expertise:

Build Your Own Event
Connect with your industry advisor about Building Your Own Event (BYOE) on a professionalism topic. 

Give us feedback
Provide your industry advisor with feedback on the level of professionalism Mason students demonstrate in the interview process and/or work environment.

Join Mason Career Link
Join Mason Career Link to share your knowledge with students.

Refer a student
Refer a student to a professionalism appointment. 

Alumni

You have successfully transitioned into a career after Mason, and you have a wealth of experience to share with students. Here are a few ways to give back:

Join Mason Career Link
Join Mason Career Link to share your knowledge and professionalism tips with students.

Take a Patriot to Work
Serve as a host for Take a Patriot to Work to help students learn about the work environment and professional expectations of your industry. 

Be our guest
Connect with an industry advisor on serving as a guest speaker or panelist for a career event.

Families
Your dedication has helped your student for many years. Now help them excel after graduation:

Join Mason Career Link
Join Mason Career Link to share your knowledge and professionalism tips with students.

Take a Patriot to Work
Serve as a host for Take a Patriot to Work to help students learn about the work environment and professional expectations of your industry.

Refer a student
Encourage your student to make a professionalism appointment to discuss how to build and maintain a professional image.

Models of Success students

We are first in the nation.

Our Student Professionalism Team, formed in the spring of 2014, is one of the first such teams in the United States! 

UNIV 422: Professionalism Course

UNIV 422: Developing Your Professional Edge is a one-credit course led by George Siragusa, a Fortune 100 global business strategy, marketing, and sales executive and military professional with over 30 years of corporate and government experience in organizations including ExxonMobil and the U.S. Navy. 

The course simulates a professional work environment and provides an opportunity to demonstrate desired workplace competencies. The academic emphasis includes: applying consultation skills to diagnose and propose solutions to a problem; developing performance management documents; giving and receiving feedback; building workplace relationships; and creating a professional image.

Watch a preview of UNIV 422 (1:35)

Syllabus

Professor bio

George Siragusa graduated with a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and earned a Master's degree from Central Michigan University. He is published, has taught at the university level, and continued his professional education by earning advanced expertise in International Marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business and in International Leadership Studies at Thunderbird University for Executive Leadership. He currently works as an independent marketing consultant focused on strategic innovation, growth businesses, tech firms, and stage two start-ups.