Defining the terms Experience, Expertise and Exposure

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” –  Julius Caesar

Understanding the terms, experience, expertise and exposure, trying to be better within the range of their meanings and finding in which ways we need to fulfill our requirement is one of the most important things to do in our professional life. It’s also important to be noted that the professional success of an individual exclusively depends on his or her experience and exposure and expertise. Whether you are an employee or someone who just paved the path for the career, the meaning of the aforementioned words have a lot to do with your occupation. It’s not that hard though to fathom the meaning of the words, experience, exposure and expertise, but, since there exist some key differences between the words, that needs to be discerned well in order to change ourselves for the better. Let’s discuss them succinctly.

The word experience has been derived from the Latin word, “Experientia”act of trying. Experience indicates involvement in something over time. It’s an active involvement in an activity or exposure to events or people over a period of time that leads to increase one’s knowledge and skills. It is a direct observation or participation in events. Also, it’s a practical knowledge, skills, or practice attained through direct observation or participation in a particular activity, Say, it’s your job duties. To be more precise, the experience is nothing but the act or process of directly perceiving events acquiring knowledge or skills. Experience, in relation to one’s life has to say something about his or her life experience. As you get older, you are wiser acquiring greater wisdom and experiences of life.

However, in regards to one’s professional life, experience is to be expressed generally with numbers, such as, Mr. X has had 5 years of managerial experience. The greater are the numbers, the more experienced is the person. But, it should not be understood in isolation, because it’s not necessary that someone who has had many years of experience in a particular field should be regarded as the one who has attained the expertise. This would lead us to discuss about the word Expertise.

Expertise has apparent roots in the word expert and the word expert comes from Latin, “expertus”. Expertise is the skills, knowledge or opinion possessed by an expert. The expert is somebody who has great deal of knowledge or skill, training or experience in a particular field or activity. An expert is a person who has, involves or displays special skills derived from training or experience. You are an expert meaning you are skillful and knowledgeable on the basis of training or experience in the relevant subject area. Further, it must be noted that both talent and ability of a person has a lot to do with his or her expertise, because expertise is a mixture of both ability and talent. Ability is a natural tendency to do something well – a high degree of intelligence or competence. Talent is nothing but something natural in a person. At this stage, it’s worth mentioning that expertise has nothing to do with numbers. It’s true also that expertise can be developed by means of experience as well. Nonetheless, not necessarily that someone is an expert because he has got so many years of experience. You would have seen people who spend years in doing particular activities, yet they don’t seem to have learnt new things.

As regards the word, exposure, it’s the fact or condition of being exposed. It’s an act of subjecting or an instance of being subjected to an action or an influence. It implies leading oneself to learning. Owing to the exposure, both experience and expertise are to be attained. It would thus be rightly said that the more you are exposed to new things, the more you are experienced leading yourself to gain expertise in your field.

Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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