Professional - Term Overview

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A professional is a person who has been academically trained to perform a specific occupation. Another definition it is as a person who habitually practices an activity, be it good or not, morally or legally.

The term "professional" can also be used as an adjective that speaks of people's performance, for example it can be said that someone is a professional when they fulfill their duties as such, arrive on time, know how to treat people who work for him, etc...

Characteristics of a professional

Every professional who works in his field, in a dependency relationship, works in exchange for a salary that, in general, will be higher than that of other employees who work in that area but who don't have a degree that supports their knowledge.

It's assumed that every professional, like another person, occupies a certain role within society that makes them collaborate with it, adding well to it. All professions, no matter how different they may be, make their contribution to society, providing technological, social, and biological knowledge, helping in the field of culture or health, conducting research and scientific advances, among others.

At first, every professional will be inexperienced, but over time they will acquire the experience and knowledge about the job they need to continue climbing.

Many times job interviews disappoint the beginner because they ask that the recent or recent university graduate have some experience, but it's impossible when they only ask someone who has already done similar jobs and one can't gain experience because for the same reason they don't they allow it.

It will be a matter of doing internships or internships during the career that can help us with that issue, to get to know the work environment.

What does it mean to be a professional?

Having a profession implies:

  • Possess specialized knowledge.
  • A professional training.
  • Control over the issues that involve working within a certain area.
  • Self-regulation through organizations such as professional associations and unions.
  • There should be a spirit of service to the community (for this reason some professionals are volunteers or in some organizations do small jobs ad honorem).
  • Ethical standards when carrying out their work.

How to become a professional?

As we said before, the professional needs a university education that will have certain requirements, a certain duration and also a certain complexity. Becoming a professional is like a ladder, you start with the basics, which is complete high school, and then start the second stage: university.

When the degree has been chosen, started and finished, other studies that add importance to our university degree may be carried out, such as a specialty, a master's or doctorate.

It should be clarified that tertiary studies also make a person professional, only that they can't carry out other studies such as a master's degree, since it's necessary to have a degree first.

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