- Alisa Shabanova
- Russian Federation
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How to make professionalism come back?
Over the recent years I observe the same trend in recruiting. On the one hand, there are a lot of applicants for every position I have, and candidates literally attack me every time I post a new one in the Internet. On the other hand, it’s impossible to chose someone from this crowd, someone who matches with a candidate’s profile even for 50%. Rare professionals who have solid experience and mature reflection are worthed their weight in gold. On the assumption of how the average doctor treats, how the average manager sales, or how the average consultant helps I realise that this problem is actual not only for my firm.
Why? I think that the professionalism as it is somehow lost its value for people. Nowadays everyone wants to make a vertical career - as soon as it possible, as successful as he could. It means that when a minimal set of experience and skills is collected, a person tries to get a position at the next level - position, where he will be able to get a completely new experience, not just to perfect his professionalism. Yesterday’s specialist who hasn’t become a good specialist yet sends his CV to the position of a Manager, yesterday’s Manager - to the position of a Director. To become a professional you need to work out the same moving for years and just this way scares away the vast majority of modern specialists.
Jaspers and Fromm would tell us that professionalism is an attribute of Being while careerism - attribute of Having. Our culture drives people to take more and don’t think about how to do things better. Therefore a huge number of people who are not professionals at their places manage all basic processes in our life (treat, teach, organise etc).
I don’t know how to manage this situation. Do you think it’s possible to bring professionalism into fashion again?