Sunday, December 2, 2012

How Profesional Are You?

The word "Professional" implies that persons have acquired the needed skills and / or education. For teachers like me, we have to complete the needed academic program, to go through various trainings and seminars and years of experience before we can claim the word professional.

Wikipedia cited these main  criteria for professionals:

  1. Expert and specialized knowledge in field which one is practicing professionally.
  2. Excellent manual/practical and literary skills in relation to profession.
  3. High quality work in (examples): creations, products, services, presentations, consultancy, primary/other research, administrative, marketing, photography or other work endeavours.
  4. A high standard of professional ethics, behaviour and work activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee, self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher duty to a client, often a privilege of confidentiality, as well as a duty not to abandon the client just because he or she may not be able to pay or remunerate the professional. Often the professional is required to put the interest of the client ahead of his own interests.
  5. Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.
  6. Appropriate treatment of relationships with colleagues. Consideration should be shown to elderly, junior or inexperienced colleagues, as well as those with special needs. An example must be set to perpetuate the attitude of one's business without doing it harm.
  7. A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field.
So, to receive that due recognition depending on your chosen field say if you are a nurse, lawyer, teacher among others, observe the needed qualifying requirements to becoming professional may it include education and training. And, with this term, it requires that needed code of ethics is observed. 

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