Whenever the word ‘professional’ is used to describe someone who gets paid to do work similar to that of our volunteers, the Association hears about it.
Some volunteers say they don’t mind at all. But others suggest calling one group of people “professional” naturally infers that the others are “unprofessional” and an alternative word should be found.
So what do you think?
We thought we would try to clear it up once and for all with this quick survey.
Of course, we know that the word “professional” can be legitimately used in many ways. The Collins dictionary confirms that one such use is indeed to describe someone’s occupation:
“engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood”
But then there is this definition from the Merriam-Webster:
“characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession”
And this one from the Cambridge Dictionary:
“having the qualities that you connect with trained and skilled people”
And this one from the Oxford Dictionary:
“a person competent or skilled in a particular activity”
So with that in mind, please complete the quick survey below and forward this link to all your friends and colleague http://avbfb.org.au/are-you-professional/