Can I call myself a professional c++ programmer now?
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Hello, so I just got 500 SEK from a guy that wanted som help with c++ questions.
The question is, can I now call myself a professional c++ programmer or a professor in c++? :O
Btw, the questions was stuff you learned at day 1. LOL
the title professional is not protected in any way so call yourself one.
expert is another word that is not protected
so this makes me a professional expert in programming!
Simple rule: you don't call yourself a professional. Wait for other ones to do it.
Calling yourself "a professional c++ programmer" only makes you sound like a douchebag.
you need to create a portfolio, so people know what you are able to do.
It's like claiming you're a pro hacker, you're not even a hacker let alone pro unless other people recognize your work so it's pointless to self-entitle yourself, it just makes you look weak...
I'm pretty sure the thread starter wasn't that serious, otherwise sry for the not so serious answer ;p
Professional doesn't have anything to do the skills you have. Professional means that it's something that you can/do use as a profession. I've met plenty of people that worked with programming/IT/etc./etc. but didn't know damn about it. They're professional because it's what they earn money on, not because of their skills. "Expert" is related to skill, not to whether or not you earn money on it.
So yes, technically you [i]can[/i] call yourself a professional.
I don't think a one-time payment counts as a profession. If you go around calling yourself a "professional C++ programmer" and someone finds out it really means "someone paid me a little money once", they'll feel that you misled them, and think less of you for it. Wait until you have a regular job doing C++ development.
I wouldn't recommend calling yourself a professor unless you actually have a teaching job.
If you're a programmer by profession, and have qualifications to support it, then I'd say it is acceptable to call yourself a professional.
[QUOTE=Wyzard;34709537]I wouldn't recommend calling yourself a professor unless you actually have a teaching job.[/QUOTE]
To be more specific, a [i]doctorate[/i] and a teaching job [i]at a university[/i].
I think using the word "professional" requires that your primary source of income is from said profession and that you can actually live off these earnings.
[QUOTE=somescripter;34709620]If you're a programmer by profession, and have qualifications to support it, then I'd say it is acceptable to call yourself a professional.[/QUOTE]
That would be correct if you removed the part about qualifications. If you have a profession, by definition you're a professional.
As stated above though, it certainly doesn't imply you're actually any good at what you do...
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