Essentially, there are qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person; and it defines a profession as “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.”
Professionalism, according to American Journal of Critical Care, is the “essence of professionalism is both having a unique or special knowledge and the self-imposed obligation to serve the community”.
This represents, of course, reflects the view of the President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Dr. Yele Okeremi, who believes that professional bodies in Nigeria have ‘unnecessary gates’ that prohibits young and talented Nigerians from joining them.
According to him, founder of Microsoft and Facebook, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively, wouldn’t have been admitted into the membership of ISPON, for instance, due to certain entry barriers.
In a recent interview with media, he hinted that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Body will look into the matter as means to drive membership recruitment.
Dr. Okeremi speaks to media: “As a matter of fact, there are certain barriers professional bodies have put in place- unnecessary gates. For example, if you say ‘without a degree in computer science’ you can’t register as our member. Where is that rule coming from? That is not correct; it doesn’t make sense.
“Let me break down that rule for you. With such rule, Mark Zuckerberg as a Nigerian can’t be a member of our Association. Think about it. Even Bill Gates as a Nigerian wouldn’t qualify to be ISPON member. Tell me whether it is sensible or not.
“One of the findings of my research (during my Doctorate Degree) was that formal education in IT doesn’t presuppose significant impact of success as a practitioner. We have to rethink on this to have a more inclusive Association.
“We need to get people in so we can celebrate our successes. At that point we let people understand that anybody can code, but software is business.
“For example, walking into this environment you will feel the business-like atmosphere. But we are a software house. This is how software should be. If you go to Oracle or Microsoft there is a structure”.
The ISPON President also stressed on the need to help the younger ones to understand that the success does not rely absolutely on the ability to code.