You might know the answer to every question, how every piece of gear works, and the entire history of your field, but you’re not going to get very far if you can’t carry yourself as a professional. To help students develop their social skills outside of academics, our educators created the Global Professionalism Standard (GPS), a system that encourages professional behavior.
“You have to understand the social aspects of working in a creative team-based environment,” says Rob Coble, Industry Outreach Manager. “So GPS stresses things like communication, keeping your ego in check, pitching in to help out others. All of these areas are a huge part of what it takes to be successful.”
The program tracks these attributes with a point system that can be added to and subtracted from based on your approach to your education, behavior in class, and participation in the Full Sail community.
“I’ve even given GPS points to students who have stuck around to help break down a presentation, or walked a female course director to their car at night,” Coble says. “On the other hand, you can lose points for things such as habitual tardiness and disrupting a lesson. This behavior wouldn’t be acceptable in the real world, and it’s the same on campus.”
While it may seem like common sense, workplaces can often get heated, and having a high GPS score attached to your resume says a lot about your ability to remain cool in a creative environment.
“It’s 50 percent attitude and 50 percent aptitude that helps you get a job,” Coble says. “Employers like that fact that our students not only spend 40 hours a week coming to a classroom, but that they’re being taught how to conduct themselves. Having those interpersonal skills that GPS is all about can be a big thing to help them get ahead.”