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TOPIC: Soemthing You LIke TO Do

Soemthing You LIke TO Do 07 Oct 2012 01:10 #1366

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Professsional Development could be anything. Like, a hobby, it is something you develop from yourself. SOmeone could like art, soccer, basketball... Anything you are good at is called proffesional development. Some people think because it is called "Proffsional" means like a docotror or lawyer. No I think anything that you like to do is soemthing you know about yourslef.


For example, I like soccer and swimming, I Joined the soccer team all my life and on the other hand I swim alot, it not proffsional, becasue im not the best and top at them , but I would say im good becasue I hace alot of expireicea and I know what im doing.

On the other hand someone could suck and be the worst at soccer and swimming, not everyone is the same everyone are proffesioanl at what they know how to do. SO proffesional devleopment is not just being a nurse or evey diffrent docotro there is it could be anything you are good at.
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Soemthing You LIke TO Do 29 Apr 2013 16:21 #2789

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I totally agree. To be a professional means that you are a pro at something. Which means that you can be that in what ever you like to be and practice enough for. Although its a difference between being a doctor and being a professional football player in terms of how to earn the "title pro / to have it as a profession." In order to become a Doctor for example, requires education, while becoming a professional football player doesn't. What they all have in common though is that in order to become a pro, practice is vital.
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Soemthing You LIke TO Do 06 May 2013 02:48 #2889

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I think professional implies that, regardless of the task or practice, it's something that you're making a living at, or at least something well beyond a hobby. For instance I'm really good at snowboarding...I was even a patroller for eight years. Yet I would never consider myself a professional snowboarder, nor would anyone in the professional snowboarding world.
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Soemthing You LIke TO Do 15 Sep 2013 17:19 #3504

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I hate to put a damper on things, but technically, to be a professional you have to have been paid at least once to do whatever it is you want to consider yourself a professional of. I discovered this in middle school at my orchestra concert. My friends and I were telling each other how professional we look, and then my teacher put a damper on us, and notified us that unless we've been paid for a product or service, we are not professionals. Being the immature pre-teens that we were, we went around the audience with our violins, played music, and left out cases open for tips. We, of course, accumulated around twenty dollars worth of pity money from the families of our peers, and informed our musical director that we were now, in fact, professionals.
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Soemthing You LIke TO Do 29 Sep 2013 19:40 #3634

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It is about lifelong learning - to enhance or develop leadership skills. In reference to Noel-Marie's comment, sorry, but a professional is someone who is an expert in something, whether paid or not, and has been educated in that particular area/field/skill - and it does not have to be a formal education. It is however, entirely different from professional development. I know this to be true because I used to lead "Professional Development Workshops" for the education system.

Professional Development refers to the acquisition of skills and knowledge both for personal development and for career advancement. Professional development encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from college degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage.[1] There are a variety of approaches to professional development, including consultation, coaching, communities of practice, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision and technical assistance.[2] (National Professional Development Center on Inclusion. (2008)
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Soemthing You LIke TO Do 14 Oct 2013 03:10 #3773

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I completely agree that professional development is in the eye of the beholder. While "professional" is a title for someone getting paid for what they do, the development allows breathing room for any stage of the hobby or career of choice. Personally I love acting and am considered a "professional" because that is where I obtain my living, however I would classify myself a professional developer in writing, as well as a corporation founder since I have been writing since I was in elementary school and my business ventures just began this week. No matter the stage, as long as we are staying moving forward, we are in development. Working harder to a better tomorrow.
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