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IT PROFESSIONAL!

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by fatp, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. fatp

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    (1) How would you describe an I.T Professional?
    -> Whats words would you use to describe them / Do they have a specific background?

    X amount of years industry experience? e.g. 5+ years
    Worked their way up the ladder? e.g. Helldesk to Network admin
    Managerial experience? e.g. Lead 1st line servicedesk team


    I have seen a lot of people use the term 'IT PRO' on various IT forums and some of them are entry level candidates. Does this term get thrown around a lot and incorrectly used in the game....

    which leads on to my second question:

    (2) How would you describe a Working Professional? (not IT related) but for any industry.... :rolleyes:
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    Actually, the answers to questions 1 and 2 are related. In its simplest form, a "professional" is someone who works in a particular field and is good enough to get paid for it. "Information Technology" can be thought of as a field involving the use of various devices, protocols, and standards for the purposes of storage, transmission, and protection of data.

    Put that together and an IT Professional is a person who works in and is paid for their services in the field of data storage, transmission, and security.

    I looked up the definitions for professional and Information Technology on Google. You can use the lists of definitions to help refine the definition.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    A Professional in my mind, regardless of whether or not s/he is in IT, is described as one who:

    1. Agrees to meet the "ethics of duty" or "code of conduct" for that industry.
    2. Agrees to act as a fiduciary (The fiduciary duty is a legal relationship of confidence or trust between two or more parties) where his/her self-interest is outweighed by responsibilities to those served by the profession and its public purpose. In other words a trust worthy figure.
    3. Should continue to develop either thru a formal or informal CPD process.
    4. Accepts responsibility & is accountable for actions s/he has taken or lead (eg accoutablity for his/her team under him/her).

    This separates Professionals from cowboys*

    Chartered Professional's, regardless of industry, have to meet the requirements of the organisation that has been granted Royal Charter by the Privy Council of UK as well as meet the t&c's of that issuing organisation.

    -Ken

    *not the good types on horses, but the shody "rogue trader" types
     
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  4. fatp

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    Cheers for the replies guys. I wasnt lookin for a hardcore definition but just a few opinions.

    I thought I would add X amount of salary to my list:

    X amount of years industry experience? e.g. 5+ years
    Worked their way up the ladder? e.g. Helldesk to Network admin
    Managerial experience? e.g. Lead 1st line servicedesk team


    The recognition from the CITP is also a valid accreditation for any IT Pro - Cheers Ken!
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    No worries :)

    I wouldn't, there is no standard salary in IT, a senior tech in one sector can be on more than an IT manager in another sector. Plus part-timers vs full timers, etc...

    It is just remember that not every IT Professional meets the requirements for the CITP, however that doesn't mean that they aren't professional's - that's why organisations like the BCS, IET, etc have different grades.

    -Ken
     
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