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PHI 105 – Week 2
Final Project Topic CheckPoint
Question: When one selects a particular professional life, does that also give one a certain set of
moral obligations?
I believe that every profession comes with its own set of moral obligations and has certain
characteristics that give it specific moral standards that must be met. A professional must be able to
understand and meet these standards in order to achieve and maintain success. It is vital that a person
choose a profession that falls in line with his or her personal beliefs. It is easier to deal with moral
dilemmas appropriately if you have a firm grasp on what is expected of you and are capable of following
through with your responsibilities without regret.
The moral obligations within your profession are not that different from those in your personal
life. Moral dilemmas often arise, and it is your responsibility to handle the issue in the appropriate
manner. Many people are fortunate enough to have developed a solid moral foundation from their parents
or guardians growing up, but there are still many people who are morally challenged because they grew
up in an environment that lacked lessons in morality.
The problem with professional morality is motive. The professional choices that a person makes
are often highly motivated by money, status, or a combination of both. It seems to me that it would be
much easier to make an unethical decision if my job was on the line. Our professions are our lifelines,
and when it comes to putting food on the table, we will sometimes do things that go against our own
moral code. I suppose it depends upon what is important to you as person. To some professionals, just
keeping their job is vital, but to others, professional status and the money that goes with it is their driving
force. Rest assured that both positions can cause just about anyone’s moral integrity to go awry if
allowed. On the other hand, there are some people that work very hard to maintain a level of moral and
ethical integrity, despite what they could gain if they crossed over to the “dark side”.
My chosen field of work is Communications Management. To be successful in this field, it is
imperative that I understand the moral obligations that go with working with diverse groups of people,
which may include co-workers, subordinates, clients, business associates, or upper management. I will be
expected to follow the ethical guidelines that are set within my field. Examples of such guidelines
include not sharing confidential information, treating everyone with respect regardless of their
differences, and even taking the heat for situations that I did not cause. On a general level, I have to say
that learning to choose your battles wisely is a skill that will take you a long way in any position; it will
prove to be quite useful in your personal life as well.
In today’s workplace, an employee is given an official employee handbook with all the
information they need to know about their company and position. An employee handbook does give
some basic moral and ethical guidelines to follow, but the rest of what you need to know will come from
you as an individual. If you do not have the moral know-how, you will have difficulty succeeding in most
industries. There are a few professions that seem to thrive on immorality, but I honestly cannot see any of
those professions as suitable for myself.

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