In a democratic and open society, anybody can take the opportunity to develop them self. Most people strive towards a professional lifestyle. However, a professional lifestyle requires a professional practice which in turn calls for professional competencies.
For a person to best achieve a professional lifestyle, practice or competencies, it is required to develop a professional identity and a sense of purpose. This is a process of self-discovery and reflection is achieved through consistent effort and exposure.
Professional development starts at the bottom, preferably at a young age. It then moves up the elevator. Personal reasons to improve professionality could be an interest in lifelong learning, a sense of moral obligation, maintain and improve professional competence, enhance career progression, keep abreast of new technology and practices or comply with professional regulatory organisations.