Quote from TazziRN
Suggestion: wait until you have some time off to grow it. During the scraggly phase your employer would have every right toding you for looking poorly groomed. Hubs' store has this policy; if you want a beard you have to wait until your vacation to grow it.
There are a couple of guys where I work that have beards (one has it that long that he plaits it
). They are clean and respectable - truth be I never thought about it being unprofessional. Hubby has a beard too and he was a paramedic for 20 years. He used to wait until his holidays to grows it again if he decided to shave it off.
Go for it.