Morality and the professional life
Professional ethics has come of age in a period of great change. Our conceptions of work and how it is to be done, let alone don’t well, are been challenged. We can think of our goal as the development of ourselves as moral professionals. Most be building projects beginning with wrong clearing foundation laying. And infrastructure work. We begin or wrong clearing work in professional ethics by breaking that very work apart. That is, we first examine what it means to be a professional.
What professions and professionals are
Work is a central concept to human experience. When we ask children about the future jobs and cares we ask them, (what do you want when you grow up?) ”we don`t ask them what they want to work at or what they want to get pay for doing”.
Work is a universal enough phenomenon to be come a share bond our and easy way for strangers to relate.
What is does not mean engage in a profession
One way to begin to examine the terms professional, and specialty is to look at something that they most certainly do not included. A profession does not included and greaten moral value than nonprofessional.
Another way that does engaging in professions have seemed superior to does engage in no professions is in term of prestige.
In society, it is a fact that most of us often value with polar workers over blue color workers. Its important not t pack in appropriate meaning, moral or otherwise, in to the baggage of our understanding of professions. Primarily a profession is work.
Identifying and Describing a Profession and a Professional
If an occupation is an agreed-upon profession, and the person who performs id does so professionally, then that person is a professional. In short, to be a professional, one must not ony do a certain type of work – a profession – but one must also do this work in a certain manner – professionally.
But it seems that we use a professional in a number other less restrictive ways, none of which add very much to critical understanding of the term.
When we say about someone, “You are a professional” or “That was a very professional job you just did” we typically mean more than that which is already contained in the title of his or her occupation. It is primarily because of this additional component that being a professional entails that the terms profession and professional will not be treated as simply entailing one another.
In understanding a profession as an identifiable group that provides the same service, we are pointing to a regulated set of skills and knowledge that those members of the group have a gained through requisite training.
As was previously pointed out, the definition and criteria marking something as a profession are problematic. For example, we could define a profession as something with a long tradition and clearly delineated responsibilities. Under those auspices, medicine would surely fit. The medical profession has a long history and some specifically delineated responsibilities.
Technology is changing, as is the world we live in, even as we are reading these words. Because of this, we need a definition and an understanding of profession and professional that is able to grow with these changes and developments.
When we consider whether something is a profession, and the question is not settled as in the aforementioned situation, we them must ask if it is a good thing for he question to become settled.
When and individual is a subject to undue force at the hands of law enforcement official, and no one who is aware of this action is willing to stop the behavior, it could be argued that the group identification among those officials is to strong.
We ask someone hot they do their job, and they respond that they do it very well, but also do not engage others in a harmful or negative manner. This other way of doing a job is not an aspect of technical component. Here we are talking about something else, the relational component of doing one´s job professionally.
In fact this relational component entails that a professional could be said to do his or her work in such a way as to perform a service, and not merely a task for pay. This issue becomes specifically relevant in places where one´s role as a professional comes into conflict not with one´s personal beliefs but with one´s underlying responsibilities as a consequence of one´s relationships with others.
So when a job is done technically well and with minimal or no harm to others, and even positively in such a manner as to benefit them, we say that the job was done professionally. The person who performs this job is said to have behaved professionally or to have exhibited professionalism.
Choosing a profession – some things to consider
Since we have spent all of this time considering what a profession is and how to be a professional, we would be well served to consider the profession or occupation in which we would like to engage. Keep in mind throughout that there is no one particular career or no one exclusive place that is singularly right for each of us. Our interests and priorities change as the different circumstances and influences on our lives change.
“What do you do for a living?” it’s a central question in an important way to us to understand ourselves and others. When we choose our work, we decide what it is we will do. We can discern whether this occupation is a profession. An occupation is something that occupies you.
What do you want to do with your life? This time, give an answers that is regulation, and certification than the other.
This sort of mercenary napping counts as an occupation. We can now assess these occupations and see if they fulfill our criteria of what a profession is. Yet before deeming any of the aforementioned as professions, let us consider another question, the “why” question. “Why do you want to do what you do?” This question, like the earlier one, also will have some constraints. The “why” here will refer to the manner in which your profession will affect your lifestyle, thus the “why” question will require you to consider how you want to live. This is the case because one’s career choice is then inextricably tied to one’s notion of se1f.
There is much more to the question, “How do you want to do what you do? Are you in it for the money? Do you want to concentrate on a particular aspect of the profession over another? The what, why, where how, and with whom questions about practicing a profession are al an implicit part of a choice of one profession over another, but an explicit consideration of these questions may be something one is compelled to do.
The other questions-where, how, and with whom-are relevant to this concern as well. Based on the previous discussion and with what follows, one should has a pretty good sense of one’s desires, relative to work. The choices-whether one will be a professional, practice a profession, or work at an occupation-are limitless, and none of them are permanent.
You should have some indication of the profession or occupation for which you are training, or, at the very least, to which you are attracted, as well as an idea of what ¡t means to practice it professionally. Yet there are still other questions about your occupation or profession that; must be answered. What exact1y do you want to do? In what exact form- will you practice your occupation or professional Maybe you have decided that you are going to be a teacher, conscientious teacher, but in what exact form. Are you going to be a teacher-a first grade teacher, a special education teacher, or a university professor? Answering these questions will require more time and more reflection on the nature of your chosen occupation or profession, and on the specialized ways in which occupations or professions can be practiced.