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.

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