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Well said
Gary

On 15 Dec 2004 at 7:23, Bill Polhemus wrote:

> Gary Hodgson & Associates wrote:
> 
> >The original post attempted to address the issue of why
> >(in my words) so many engineers feel the profession is
> >not very highly regarded (or thought of, at all) by the
> >public and the author gave his reasons.  No one really
> >tried to pursue this thread, as it was side-tracked by
> >the issue of "class" societies.  I agreed with part of
> >that original issue, as so many engineers are just so
> >many heads or bodies in large organisations and are not
> >thought of as professionals.  Who else cares about this?
> >Gary
> >  
> >
> I thnk that's true of most anyone. You can be a physician yet "just
> another number" within, say, the AMA.
> 
> To what extent do we "need" to be "very highly regarded?" Not being
> rich or handsome, my wife appears to be somewhat unique in her
> "regard" for me as a specimen of desireable manhood. Certainly I have
> no problems with hordes of star-struck women hanging around outside my
> home, hoping to catch a glimpse of the "star" engineer living here.
> 
> I jest, but my point is actually a serious one. I seek to do a good
> job for my clients, and for the most part they have a "regard" for me
> that is expressed in the form of money periodically sent me in
> consideration of my work. One or two even express to me in so many
> words that they like what I do.
> 
> I suppose it would be nice to have further public accolades, but in
> truth of those who receive "Engineer of the Year" honors from the
> local chapters of the various engineer's organizations hereabouts,
> most appear to have accomplished such by being part of the
> establishment network, being good poiticians and good businessmen. At
> least that is my impression.
> 
> I do not begrudge them their honors one whit. This being a free
> society, they have the right to "pursue happiness" to the extent of
> doing wha it takes to have a certain subset of their peers--the subset
> that likes to go to society meetings and vote for "engineers of the
> year,' etc.--think them a capital fellow or lady, and give them awards
> and such. I've never been a good politician (I'm sure that comes as a
> surprise to many here), nor do I like to attend meetings and press the
> flesh, and so my name is curiously left off the nominating lists every
> year. I neither envy the "winners" nor do I bemoan my continuing
> mediocrity. "They have their reward." Mine lies in the realization
> that I haven't had to attend meetings and work the crowd at all that
> year; it leaves me more time for doing things that I DO enjoy.
> 
> Nor do I worry about myself as part of a class of professionals that
> is "not thought of as professional." I don't know that podiatrists or
> stock analysts spend that much time worrying that the world at large
> may not think of them synonymously with the word "professional."
> Moreover, I tend to view a "professional" as someone who does his job
> without a great deal of thought as to accolades stemming from it. Most
> "professionals" labor in obscurity and are content to do so. When they
> are recognized at all, they are as likely to be surprised and even a
> little embarrassed at having the spotlight.
> 
> Personally I do not believe either case is "right" or "wrong." These
> things are far too subjective. This is only one perspective, my own.
> 
> I need to know within myself that I behave in a "professional manner,"
> and that I do a good job. I am my own worst critic in that regard
> anyway--and the only one who continually "cares" how well I'm
> doing--and if I can satisfy the man inside, and the Man upstairs, I
> will rest content when my earthly tenure is over.
> 
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