What is A YEUK Young Professional?

When you hear the term ‘professional’ what do you think of? A business man in a suit and tie? A star football player who gets paid thousands a week? A lawyer, doctor, director? The word has many connotations, and conjures a different image for each of us. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines professionalism as “the skill, good judgement, and polite behaviour that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.” We created the YEUK Young Professional status as we know employers really value these qualities in candidates and employees, but we’re often told that young people don’t match up to expectations. This is usually due to a lack of good careers education, which means there is a gap between what you know and what employers want.

During the programme you will get all the tools you need to become a YEUK Young Professional; both personally and in whatever field of work you go into. The obvious place to start is explaining what we mean when we talk about professionalism and being a YEUK Young Professional. There are many different definitions and ideas about what it means to be a professional, but for this programme we define YEUK Young Professionals as being “Motivated to develop their own technical, general, and personal skills, and committed to lifelong learning. Young Professionals strive to be the best they can be”

Professionalism is the knowledge that we must keep growing and developing, and the motivation to take action on that knowledge. There are several skills and qualities which add up to being ‘professional’.  We have put together tips and advice on how to build these areas, from interviews to infographics, and worksheets to videos.

The main traits we’ve identified which contribute to becoming a young professional are:

Personal behaviours;

  • Attitude

  • Initiative

  • Personal Presentation

  • Resilience

  • Self Development

    Employability Skills;

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Organisation

  • People Skills

  • Teamwork

    Technical Skills;

  • Numeracy, Literacy, and IT (Key Skills)

  • Specific Technical Skills

There’s a short training module for each of these skills with a quiz at the end. Once you’ve successfully completed this training you will officially become a ‘YEUK Young Professional’. You also get a digital badge and access to the special Young Professional section of the site. This contains information and activities to support you in further developing your professionalism and employability. We will continue adding to it, so there’s always something new to discover.

To start your journey as a YEUK Young Professional sign up today!

Boost your Young Professional skills…

Are You Aged 14-24?
Get FREE Young Professional Training
Are You An Employer?
Get youth employment expert help

For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.

Looking for Youth Friendly Employers?

Find out more about some of the organisations offering high quality training and work opportunities to young people. Your next dream role could be just a click away…

Are you getting your free training in the 5 top Young Professional skills?

Problem Solving
Self Belief
Self Management

Sign up for free Young Professional training.

  • Life hacks and pep talks in a weekly newsletter
  • Opportunities from youth-friendly employers and organisations
  • Grow the 5 top life and work skills at your own pace
Registration Options
Please fill in your details
password strength indicator
Additional Info


Are you a real person? If so, click the box
Let's stay in touch
IMPORTANT: When you click ‘sign me up’, you’ll be asked to log in using your new username and password. Then you’ll be taken straight to your Young Professional dashboard with lots of info and things to do. You can find this dashboard at any time when you click the orange ‘My Dashboard’ button at the top of the site page and log in!

Latest articles

Go to Dashboard

How to weigh up risks when making decisions

See exactly how think about risks when you make big or small decisions. You can weigh up how likely (and […]

Virtually (im)possible: how to network online

Networking for career opportunities is still possible, even when everything’s shifted online. Youth Ambassador Sophie shares her top virtual networking […]

Aiming High: How to get the most out of hobbies and interests but still keep your energy levels up

Aiming high is one of the skills we need in life – but you don’t want to burn out and […]

5 Ways to boost your creativity in work and life

Creativity is a skill and a way of thinking and doing that you can grow over time as a Young […]