When you're basically an expert in something, it's easy to pick out the professionals from the novices.
Whether it's in how they speak to clients, the techniques they use, or their overall attitude about the job, a professional in their field knows the signs of a newbie on the scene.
Redditor u/hexencraft wanted to hear from people who know what they're doing and asked... "In your field, how can you immediately tell if someone is an amateur or expert?
10. Using literal definitions is a big give away
"Anyone who quotes the dictionary while giving a speech has an amateur speechwriter (probably themselves, which is totally fine)."
9. It's not like "Mr. Robot"
"Amateurs who get into cybersecurity thinking they'll be actively hunting hackers all day, but the experts know you'll just be poring through log files all day and piecing together a lab report of your findings to present to upper management, followed by remediation."
8. For the game developers
"If they update Unity when they're in the middle of making a game, they're an amateur. It will mess up your project beyond belief."
7. The exact opposite of what an esthetician does
"Esthetician here. I once was interviewing a woman who was older than me who claimed to be very experienced in all things esthetics so we had her do a practical on someone as the last part of the interview. She went on to try to do extractions without gloves or wrapping her fingers in gauze. Essentially just using her finger nails to pop pimples on a stranger. EWW!"
6. Newbies are filled with optimism
When New Social Workers talk about how if they do just this one thing the client's life is going to be amazing. In reality our clients are facing an entire world of disadvantages and we work on only one small part.
Experienced social workers pull in a team of support because we're not there long term but family, friends, religion, neighbors, etc will do way more long term than any of us."
5. Runners can tell that you're new hereGiphy
"I used to be a professional runner. You could tell noobs that would show up to group runs when all of their clothes matched and they looked good."
4. Ever see a chef slice and dice? Amazing
Knife skills are always a tell tale sign of amateur or pro."
3. The best teachers have husky voicesGiphy
Amateur: Not busy. Yells at students to get them to behave.
Expert: Always doing something. Gets students to behave with minimal effort. Husky voice."
2. I feel attacked
"When they're using Excel, if they spend 50% or more of the time with their hand on the mouse: Amateur."
1. It's all in the bedside manner
"For a nurse I've found the best way to tell is how they can talk to people.
An experienced nurse will bounce from patient to patient completely changing their tone of voice, how they talk, whether or not they can have a bit of a joke or stay serious - usually after a few seconds of talking to someone.
New or junior nurses are usually completely professional at all times.
I always worry when we get a nursing student that can happily tell you all the opiate receptors but can't hold a conversation with a patient for more than a few minutes."