Do you want to have a successful career instead of just having a job? Do you want to be taken seriously by your colleagues, supervisors, parents and athletes? To achieve these goals, you must look and act professionally as a healthcare expert in athletic training.
1.) Continue to learn and improve your knowledge and skills. All ATs need to complete Continuing Education requirements by December 31, 2013. The BOC offers a FREE tool called the Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) that can help you identify what areas you may need more knowledge and skills in to determine your continuing education needs.
2.) Dress for Success. Are you dressed in a way that shows the profession in a good light?
3.) Digital Professionalism. Social media participation is an essential tool in networking with professional contacts, making new contacts and keeping in touch with the world. Be Certain.™ you are representing yourself and the profession in a respectable manner both in person and online.
4.) Market yourself, your certification and the profession. Some ideas to get you started:
- Order a plaque or graphically designed certificate with gold embossed BOC logo and seal of certification to proudly display your BOC certification.
- Publicize your status as an AT by sending a press release to your local newspaper. Please call (877) 262-3926 ext. 117 or email BrittneyR@bocatc.org if you wish to request an official press release on BOC letterhead.
- Announce your accomplishment to friends, family and followers via Twitter and other social media.
- Purchase or download the Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis, Sixth Edition.
- Use proper terminology when talking about the profession with the public, such as using Certified Athletic Trainer instead of “Trainer” and Athletic Training Facility instead of Athletic Training Room. Also read about the proper treatment of degrees, licenses and credentials.
If you are a Young Professional working in a high school setting, you might find this Young Professional Brief to be helpful.