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New post 22 Oct 2008, 12:23
I posed this question in the Yale thread but wanted to open it up to a wider audience.

Essentially I am curious about whether essay questions on "professional" accomplishments pertain to one's profession (i.e. day job) or to those merely in the professional realm (i.e. one's employer). Because the answer may vary based on the context, here is one from the Yale app:

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Describe a professional accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The accomplishment should include evidence of your leadership skills, a description of the actions you took, as well as the impact you had on your organization.


As an example, I lead a volunteer employee group at work that is extracurricular in the respect that there is little-to-no overlap with my "day job," however it has made a great impact on our organization as a whole.

Would this qualify as a "professional" accomplishment?

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 12:34
TL wrote:
I posed this question in the Yale thread but wanted to open it up to a wider audience.

Essentially I am curious about whether essay questions on "professional" accomplishments pertain to one's profession (i.e. day job) or to those merely in the professional realm (i.e. one's employer). Because the answer may vary based on the context, here is one from the Yale app:

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Describe a professional accomplishment that exhibits your leadership style. The accomplishment should include evidence of your leadership skills, a description of the actions you took, as well as the impact you had on your organization.


As an example, I lead a volunteer employee group at work that is extracurricular in the respect that there is little-to-no overlap with my "day job," however it has made a great impact on our organization as a whole.

Would this qualify as a "professional" accomplishment?



In my opinion I'd count this as an extracurricular accomplishment and not a professional...

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 12:45
Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Main Entry: 1pro·fes·sion·al
Pronunciation: \prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ˈfe-shə-nəl\
Function: adjective
Date: 1606
1 a: of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession b: engaged in one of the learned professions c (1): characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2): exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
2 a: participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs <a professional golfer> b: having a particular profession as a permanent career <a professional soldier> c: engaged in by persons receiving financial return <professional football>
3: following a line of conduct as though it were a profession <a professional patriot>

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 14:52
I would say professional experience should be doing something your company is paying you for...especially stuff thats in your job description.
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Professional has to be your job. I actually emailed Yale about this (from an anonymous email address, haha) and you can't try to spin any kind of EC organization, professional org or anything like that as professional. It has to be an actual on the job (as in your paid for it) accomplishment

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 15:03
Thanks all...not the answer I wanted to hear but it's sure better than botching an entire essay on a non-professional topic :)

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