Professional Knowledge and Abilities Term Paper

Nowadays professional knowledge is very important part of our life. If you have professional knowledge you’ll be a successful person. Well-educated person has a secret key to success and this key is a professional knowledge. Everyone wants to be successful and that’s why a lot of attention is devoted to this theme. Abilities and professional knowledge are closely connected concepts and it means that we should look at these concepts more attentively. It will be interesting to discuss this topic from the position of different special professional organizations influence. All organizations has own points of view and different approaches to problem solving. I have chosen for the discussion the American Psychological Association (APA) and want to stop on it in more details.

First of all we should give a brief description of the American Psychological Association and it will help us to understand why it is so important and what main principles influence its work. The American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States and it is based in Washington, DC. We know that APA has 150,000 members and can be considered the largest association of psychologists worldwide. There is a lot of information about this association, but now we need only main aspects of its activity. According to the internet source “The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.” As you see from this sentence the main mission is to help people to improve their lives with the help of different psychological methods and give right and useful psychological knowledge. The next important point of this organization activity is APA vision statement. described “the American Psychological Association aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science, serving as:

ü A uniting force for the discipline;

ü The major catalyst for the stimulation, growth and dissemination of psychological science and practice;

ü The primary resource for all psychologists;

ü The premier innovator in the education, development, and training of psychological scientists, practitioners and educators;

ü The leading advocate for psychological knowledge and practice informing policy makers and the public to improve public policy and daily living;

ü A principal leader and global partner promoting psychological knowledge and methods to facilitate the resolution of personal, societal and global challenges in diverse, multicultural and international contexts; and

ü An effective champion of the application of psychology to promote human rights, health, well being and dignity.” (

In this paragraph I want to explain how the American Psychological Association may contribute towards professional knowledge and abilities. APA has many directions which promote reception and improvement of professional knowledge. Among them the most popular directions are education, science, practice and public interest. As you understand these spheres are the necessary components of professional knowledge forming process. Many famous specialists in different spheres are the active members of APA and they discuss various problems inside association and looking for the right decisions.  APA tries to advance psychology as a science and as a means of promoting the most important components of human life. Among these components we can see health, education and, of course, human welfare. The American Psychological Association contribute towards professional knowledge and abilities through the encouragement of psychology in all its branches, the improvement of psychologists qualifications and establishments of the highest standards of professional ethics. Also APA makes the ability of professional knowledge reception more accessible for people through meetings, reports, professional contacts, discussions, papers and professional publications.

Let’s talk about success through the prism of professional knowledge and abilities. What does it mean to be successful? I think it means to have a good family and a god job, help people and be happy. And how can help professional knowledge to reach this aim? The answer is simple and understandable. First of all professional knowledge give people an ability to realize creative potential and this is the first step to success. Professionals in different areas are important now and they can make brilliant career and be useful for country and nation.

As a conclusion I want to say that professional knowledge open the wide range of possibilities and the way to self-realization, but in many cases that is not enough for the happy successful life. It should be a big wish to receive this knowledge, ability to apply the got knowledge in a correct way and a faith in success.

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