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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds SPEAKER 1: To be a professional? Someone you can rely on.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 seconds Yeah, go on.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds SPEAKER 2: I guess like having some skills, some specific skills for example.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds SPEAKER 1: And you have to be precise.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds SPEAKER 3: So I’d say bringing some professional attitude to your job, be serious about your responsibilities. So that’s the basis of being a professional.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds SPEAKER 4: Follow the code of practice for your profession.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds SPEAKER 5: Qualified. Yeah.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds SPEAKER 6: Someone who’s highly regarded, like say. Probably a lot of work much as the same as a lawyer, a lot of caseload of work.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds SPEAKER 7: In appearance or how they look, how they come across. So it’s basically it’s just their demeanor. How they come across, how they approach people, how they deal with their work. So work ethics. I mean, everything that they do. So I think someone who’s professional, but an all-arounder, so they’re approachable, friendly.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds SPEAKER 8: Somebody who– who’s got a degree and–

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds SPEAKER 9: No, because we’re professionals [INTERPOSING VOICES]

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds SPEAKER 8: Oh, well we are professionals.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds SPEAKER 9: We are professionals, but in administration.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds SPEAKER 10: To be someone who can puts aside personal opinion differences and to be able to get on with a job in a way that benefits the most people.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds SPEAKER 11: Someone who obviously knows the job, knows what they’re doing. From there is obviously able to help someone as best they can with that knowledge and that experience. Yeah.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds SPEAKER 12: Very similar. Yeah, just someone who knows what they’re doing really. Like, been on the job a long time. Obviously qualified or experienced to do the job.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 seconds SPEAKER 13: I think it means to be a professional is to maybe stand out in your field.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 seconds SPEAKER 14: Hard working and driven.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 seconds SPEAKER 15: I think it’s a difference in approach. I mean, the sort of difference between lawyers having clients rather than customers and it’s not about the money. It’s about a service which you couldn’t do yourself. It’s not saving time, like going to a restaurant. There is no hope of you understanding the law. Any professional is something that a person could never do themselves. And I think there needs to be sort of respect for that. So I think that’s the difference between professionals in a way.

Skip to 2 minutes and 46 seconds SPEAKER 16: Professional? To be good at what you do. It doesn’t matter what you do, but you’re very good at.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 seconds SPEAKER 17: A professional? To be a professional is you need to study courses like engineering, medicine, aeronautic engineering, technology. Then you’ll be able to be a professional in your own field of study. And you’ll be able to something special, something great in that field of study.

Skip to 3 minutes and 23 seconds SPEAKER 18: Be successful.

Skip to 3 minutes and 26 seconds SPEAKER 19: Organized.

Skip to 3 minutes and 27 seconds SPEAKER 17: To be a professional, you have to be talented, you have to be creative, you have to know exactly what you need to produce something special, something special that will give humanity an added advantage so that you assist your fellow human beings.

Skip to 3 minutes and 47 seconds SPEAKER 19: Doctors. Professors.

Skip to 3 minutes and 50 seconds SPEAKER 18: People who have their own offices.

Skip to 3 minutes and 52 seconds SPEAKER 19: Or their own company. Yeah.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 seconds SPEAKER 20: I think it probably means that you have a job with a sort of professional code like doctors and lawyers and then you are expected to be [INAUDIBLE] that’s such of an accordance so you have expert knowledge in a particular area and you have to be highly in accordance with your professional [INAUDIBLE] I guess.

Skip to 4 minutes and 16 seconds SPEAKER 18: Smart. Like they dress well.

Skip to 4 minutes and 18 seconds SPEAKER 19: Yes. Appearance wise, really good.

Skip to 4 minutes and 21 seconds SPEAKER 20: Well I guess you wouldn’t expect to see a JP drunk on the floor in your local pub. That kind of thing.

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