What does having professional experience mean to you? At what point do you go from being someone without experience, to a person that has professional experience?
The category or area of profession has all to do with making the rules and setting the bar higher or lower for people to say they are experienced.
Some work professions simply ask you to take a long examination and achieve a passing score in order to say you have professional experience.
Other professionals realize that no matter how many tests you take, it will never prepare you for all of the challenges you will encounter ahead.
Yes, first you may have to go to some kind of skills building and educational courses to gain the fundamentals. Yet it is the hours and days of time in the actual performance of the work that is measured in many professions:
- What about a Pilot? How do they measure their experience?
- What about a Fireman? How do they measure their experience?
- What about a Surgeon? How do they measure their experience?
- What about an Investment Advisor? How do they measure their experience?
- What about an Instructor? How do they measure their experience?
- What about a Baseball player? How do they measure their experience?
Every category of industry, work professions and individuals placed in charge of the production responsibility, the successful outcomes, and the safety and security of others is especially measured on their levels of professional experience.
How many Hours or how many Incidents or how many Encounters or closed Deals or Games Played?
You see, experience is really about how many hours and other metrics you have practiced and tested your own abilities in the actual work. Good days and bad days. Yet there is so much more.
It is also about the Positive outcomes of the work performed. It is also about the Negative outcomes of the work performed.
Being experienced in a profession means exactly what is widely measured in that particular role or position.
So how do you make a decision on who to select as your next (name a position or role in an organization or group)?
A persons “Character” is also a key factor and measurement on total professional experience. The noun, not the adjective or verb.
: one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.
: the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation.
What is most complex about humans working in so many different professions, is the Experience to Character ratio.
How much Operational Risk will you accept, with the Experience:Character ratio in your organization or team? E100:C100. E75:C50. E100:C0?
How will you perform in your professional life? Who will you Trust?