How might I use my education to develop professional competence?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that part of this answer lies in the idea of needing to develop a sense of reflection or growth as part of what it means to be a professional.  In any field of professional endeavor, a sense of growth and reflection is a part of what it means to become better at one's chose vocation or craft.  Education is a part of this.  I think that the education one receives at the outset, prior to their entry into a chosen field as  a professional of that field, is what helps to develop their growth in that sector.  The lessons that one learns in their formal education are revisited as their time in the professional field increases.  Some of these lessons are validated, others might be refined.  Yet, professional competence and maturation are part of how one grows and reflecting about where an individual's education lies in that process is essential.  Additionally, I would suggest that no professional can mature in their chosen vocation without increasing their educational understanding of their field.  Especially with the advance of technology, education is a part of the formula of professional competence.  One cannot hope to grow in their field without some level of additional training, reflection, and/ or education.  It is in this where I think that one's education to enter a field and the education that one gains as a part of that field is where professional competence grows and matures.

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