Science Professionalism & Entrepreneurship

At Western Science, we know that your ability to stand out in the job market depends on the development of a comprehensive portfolio of transferable skills and work experiences that are considered critical in the 21st-century working environment. These webpages share a diverse range of professional competencies and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom for you to consider. Regardless of the career path you choose, our Faculty commitment to professional development will help you to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Check out some of the resources that will help you form the foundation of your professional competencies and prepare you to succeed in the modern workforce.

Public expectations for the behaviors of "professionals" (whether they are employed in regulated professions or not) include components of reliable service, scholarly training, ethical and moral integrity, and a high degree of autonomy in decision-making. Service and scholarship are exercised through deliberate actions reflecting the dimensions of the competence of the individual (i.e., things we do). Acting with integrity and autonomy are expressions of character (i.e., who we are / what we believe). Professional judgement modulates how the various dimensions and elements of competence and character are engaged in response to a call for action.

Explore the three main intersections to professionalism: Competence Dimensions, Character Elements, and Critical Reflection.

Go to Competencies Page
Character Development Go to Page
Critical Reflection Page


Interactions of Components


Competence Dimensions determine the effectiveness of what we do. There are three main components: Analytical, Interpersonal, and Innovation.

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Character Dimensions and Elements comprise the foundations of how we function and make decisions.

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