In the opinion of each of you readers here, what do you suppose it takes to be a professional in order to be accepted in the world of job opportunities and working for the big name companies (in the art department)? It has been a thought that has been recycling over and over in my brain for the past week or two about what it comes to when recruitment comes into play; I have been told and listened in on professors in the field that it is about confidence, other times about hints of pride to hand over to the recruiters, though there is no talk of grades. I suppose that, in the end, grades are letters that signify how good you have been at specific subjects but not at what you plan to achieve in or be given acceptance into.
Neil Gaiman told us that whatever we wanted to do that there was no plan, but to just do it.
Honestly, that is fine. Very well. With hard work, with determination, with opening our minds to new things and learning from those things we can accomplish our greatest ambitions or at least hop on the road to achieving them; most times, there are changes in the road that take us to our true happy place which turns out to be far more different than our goal before. And that is normal, that is fine, and that is marvelous because it's all about finding achievement in ourselves and our work.
But something that always tends to confuse me or get me so anxious is wondering what kind of background are they looking for in terms of your work. Surely they look for confidence in attitude, but you could not be king of the universe. Be humble without putting yourself down. Be someone they trust, yes? But what of all seriousness?
I must admit, I lack maturity. I lack a lot of maturity as in I curse like a sailor, every post before here has been filled with such jelly-filled words of a whimsical nature that I refuse to ever regret yet realize that the world of seriousness could roll their eyes upon seeing a post filled with such Carol-esque quirk. It is good to be lighthearted and humorous, but not in the midst of those who are looking to hire you in the professional field.
I suppose my fear is of my possible lack of responsibility, though that all sounds most normal; but no privileges nor mercy is given to those that have a hard time speaking or looking in the eye.
What does it take to behave or come off as a "professional"?
What are your thoughts about it all?