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Morality and the Professional Life

As we begin to consider the issues of professional ethics, we can think of our goal as the development of ourselves as moral professionals. We can think of thjis text as something like a building project or construction project site which, through hard and conscientious work, will aid us in becoming preofessionals who know hot to act morally.

Work is a central concept to the human experience. We “work it”, “work hard for our money”, “work out”, and “work throught things”. Almost all of us will have to work for pay sometime in our lives.

Even though we can point to this one thing that serves as a major way we define ourselves, in doing so we really have not done very much, that is, we do not know that much more about ourselves or others, let alone about work itself. Work and our relation to it is a very complicated issue. Like it or not, accepting that we define ourselves by what it is we “do” or “work at” is only the beginning of the story. We are still left to consider many other aspects of our realition to our work, such as ita relative importance to other aspects of our life, the issues sorrounding compesation, and the role personal satisfaction plays in our understanding of our work.

What It Does Not Mean To Engage in a Professional

One way to begin to examine the terms professional, professionalism, and especially the term profession, is to look at something that they most certainly do not incluide. A profession does not incluide a greater moral value than a nonprofession. There is no way a person who practices a particular occupation not deemed to be a profession.

Likewise, engaging in a profession does not necessarily lead to a compromised moral status any more than not being a memeber of that particular profession. Another way aht those engaging in professions have seemed superior to those engaged or nonprofessions is in terms of prestige.

A simple way to begin to understand yh notion of a profession and its related issues is to consider its key concept or most fundamentla aspect. We have already established that one way to do this is to think about what a profession is not. To continue in this vein, one more thing a profession is not is leisure. A profession is not play, nor is it that which is the focus of our holidays or vacations.

It is thus possible to beging to understand what we will be considering when we consider a profession, if we consider what it is we mean when we talk about work. Through work, understood in the broad manner as not being leisure, we can begin to undertand the characteristics that all professions minimally share. Primarily, as profession is work.

Work and Our Attitude Toward It

Work, like the concept of a profession and its related terms, is complicated and has come to mean diferent things throughout history. This idea of work as punishment has predominated throughout Western society. That is, anyone who ir working has been punished ans is thereby seen as having committed some great evil, while those who have a life of leisure have obviously been blessed in some way, since they have not been made to toil and sweat for their sustenance.

We can think of present-day examples of work taht are harmonious with one´s position on the world, especially as we reflect on the way work is evolving to accommodate the many demands amde in those in the workforce. Things like flex tiem and shared positions in a corporation allow employees to have their work not interrupt their lives but become a oart of them.

“Identifyng and describing a profession and a profesional “


Now that we have some understanding of what work is, we can consider what it means to be a part of a profession  and what  profesionalism entails.

Althought this therms may seem to be diferente parts of the same question, they are the best understood as being two unique questions that are closely rated. We have so far determined that a profession that are closely relate.

We have profesional work, professions, and professionals. The first ter mis an adjective describing the type of work being done, while the other terms are nouns, naming the kind of work and the kind of person who does their work in a certain way

What a is the term profesional? Estrictly understood, i fan ocupation is an agreed-upon profession, and the person who perfoms it does so professionally, then that person is a profesional, we must not only do a certain type of work. In short to be a profesional.

In an uniteresting way, at least for our purpose, one could be called a profesional when he or she does a job for pay, or in a way that is not amateurish, thus anyone is a profesional if he or she is paid for his or her work.

The child who sells lemonade on a hot summer day is then a profesional lemonade seller. Yet we really are not to concerned with the moral question that face this Young entrepreneur. Along the same line in another mundance, literal sense, any person who practices an establelishe kind of a ocupattion we commonly refer to as a profession is a profesional, in the same way that someone who practices dentistry is a dentis.

But when we say about someone, Yo are a profesional or that was a very profesional job just did, we typically mean more tan that which is already contained in the tittle on her o his ocuppation. It is a primarly because of this aditional component that being a profesional entails that the terms profession and profesional will not be treated as simply entailing one another instead.

One of the primary criteria that underlie what ocupattions count as profession is a group identification. A profession usually consist of a group of people who in their occupation all do the same thing, of couse, the profession can be executed with a greater and lesser skill, but in execution, the activity must be recognized, try to imagine to a shymphony perfomance and looking over at the violin section, made up for the concert violinist,  a value profession each memeber of the section is playing her violin, is not was recognized as son in the man who scratches his back with the violin is not a violinist profession.

In understandig a profession as an indentifiable group that provides the same service, we are ponting to a regulated set of skills and knowledge that those members of the group have gained through requisite training, if a group has a unique, shared set of skills and knowledge that those members of the group have gained training.

In addition to identifiability and regularity in trainign a profession entails specific knowledge. One expects individuals who are engaged in a profession to deliver a service or to possess a skill that knowledge is that particular to that occupation, it usually  does not count as a profession for example the person who makes cappucino at the corner café is not engaged in a profession. Although it can be tricky, frothing mil and making espresso does not include occupation-specific knowledge. Nor do capucciono makers have their own society training requirements. We could imagine a society of people who love capuccino meeting to discuss the relative metirs of tgis or that variation, but we would be hard pressed to form a group that is organized solely around its knowledge of making capuccino for pay.

When occupation does not include knowledge that is a product  of specialized training and skills, it typically is not referred to as a profession, whereas a board-certified physicologist in trating patients, utilizes knowledge specific to his or her occupation.

The knowledge is  and skills required for the practice  of physicology are not skills that acquire through daili living bur are specific to the occupation of a physicologist and a product of the specialized training such as individuals  recibe. Just  as we would  no tour watch we would not allow just anyone to fulfill the role of the knowledge and skills that the physicologist possesses .

In having such specific knowledge, the practice of physicologist entails a profession.

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