PHILOSOPHY PAPER GUIDELINES A Professional Philosophy Statement
Reflects your “beliefs, concepts, and attitudes regarding your profession.”
The value of your profession
Your style of leadership
The application of recognized professional practices
The role of education (both formal and informal)
Relationship to people, e.g. respect for ethnic and cultural diversity
Serving as a role model
And other areas that are important to YOU.
How to Get Started
Start by writing down words/ thoughts that come to mind when you think about a “philosophy statement.”
Create an outline. What are key areas or thoughts you want to convey?
Organize your ideas/thoughts together. Use this as a basis for your paragraphs.
Introductions are important. Sketch out your statement and then go back and do your
Consider starting with a quote but make sure it is relevant and connects to your opening
paragraph and overall philosophy.
Do not over quote. No more than 2 quotes and the quotes should be no more than one
Give references for the quote or any other appropriate materials.
The concluding paragraph should include a summation of your Philosophy. Do not
introduce new concepts in the closing paragraph. Everything summarized in the final
paragraph should have already been discussed.
Introductory paragraph should include the philosophy/belief statement and introduce your
area of concentration
Review the areas mentioned on the slide on Professional Philosophy Statements and
incorporate when appropriate these areas into your statement.
Developing a professional philosophy statement helps to communicate your professional views
and values regarding your profession. During your professional career this can be valuable, such
as when applying for a position of work or other professional positions. A professional
philosophy statement can also serve as a tool in reaffirming what important professional roles
and responsibilities you want to embrace in your career.
REC 4903 Professional Philosophy Statement Guidelines
Watch your spelling and grammar. Do not use words like “stuff” and “things”. These words are empty in meaning. There are many other words that can fill out your thought better than these words can.
Minimum of 2 pages no more than 4
Typed double spaced
Make sure you have paragraphs
Have an introduction and end
Make sure that nothing new is added at the end. When you summarize it should reflect what you have already stated.
Review for spelling and grammar.