The crisis of professional qualifications. Case study – Romania

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The crisis of professional qualifications. Case study – Romania

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Title: The crisis of professional qualifications. Case study – Romania
Abstract: The functions and role of the State have been transformed substantially. The general configuration of its responsibilities has changed and this has introduced important modifications both in the policy arena and in the State’s requirements for high-level skills, qualitatively and quantitatively. All schools of public administration around the world have tried to instruct the most competent people, professionals in public administration. However, in crisis situations we do not know to what extent they are prepared to act, especially that transitional countries (such as Romania) have complained of their inability to attract the best trained civil servants. Unfortunately, public functions are not included in the category of the most desired ones, but nevertheless in times of crisis the vast majority of people try to obtain such a job, considering that it provides stability. Turnaround professional qualification indicates the rate of experience, knowledge, and integrity necessary to conduct renewal work. Surveys show that among the civil servants, formal barriers hindering the promotion (e.g. waiting time, professional seniority) and limited development opportunities (flat management structures, lack of visible career paths, inadequate information on vacancies) have a negative impact on the degree of motivation and commitment at work, and of course they adversely affect service quality. In the pyramid of professional qualification we should advance step by step: education, training, accreditation. In this regard we will try to undertake a study among students and graduates of schools of public administration in Romania, Bucharest, from which we will determine the worst and the best 10 jobs you can get today in public administration. Moreover, we will seek to find out which is their motivation to have an education in administrative sciences. Also, we will focus our attention on those employed in public institutions to pursue their professional route and on especially their professional qualification. Once established, we will endeavour to create the matrix of professional careers in public administration. This research will hold a discussion on professional qualification, articulated with the unemployment caused by the present crisis. It will aim to demonstrate the consolidation of the professional (dis)qualification as a tool. We will see that professional qualification in public administration involves several factors which are interconnected in one and the same process, such as politics, motivation and quality of life.
Date: 2010

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