We believe that knowledge is the most powerful tool in the dental industry. However, there are other skills that we instill in our students that are essential to be successful in your field!
Professionalism, What Is It?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines professionalism as: the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.
Once you finish the 12 week program, we want you to feel comfortable going into offices, taking interviews, and interacting with patients. It is critical that your skills in professionalism are up to par when you start looking for a new job – and when you get one!
Here are some general guidelines/tips on how you can start working on your professionalism now!
- SMILE! We work on teeth everyday, show your pearly whites!
- Refrain from talking about touchy topics (ex.politics, religion)
- Make eye contact, it shows people you care!
- Wear professional clothing (no low-rise tops, crazy outfits, or extremely high heels)
- Be yourself! Being authentic is important, it helps you find out what office you will fit best in, and who you do – and don’t get along with.
We understand that going to interviews and interacting with patients can seem intimidating, but it is important to be yourself. Dentists want to hire someone who is personable and friendly. Furthermore, patients don’t want robotic answers when they are in the dental chair. A lot of people have anxiety about going to their dentist appointment, and it’s your job to make them feel better. Remember, it is a professional medical setting and you need to be knowledgeable, comforting, and positive.