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What makes a professional?
Submitted by myraidgoups on April 27, 2008 - 12:09pm.
When I worked in a large international consultants' firm, I used to teach courses in professional ethics to first-year associates. We would usually spend about a day on working out what exactly makes a professional, what we understand by ethics, and what is the importance of ethics for professionals. Over the years, there was a remarkable constant set of traits that almost always were seen as central to being a professional. Perhaps this list can be a starting point for some interesting discussions here.
I post two lists here: one with traits that were almost universally recognised as being essential to being a professional, and one with some statements that would usually lead to some more disagreement and discussion. Both sections are tailored towards professionals in other settings than aid work, but read 'beneficiaries' instead of 'clients' and they are totally applicable to our sector too.
Elements of professionalism
Some statements for discussion about professionalism
I am looking forward to your responses.