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Help: specialisms or specialisations?

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Catslikehats Sat 30-Jul-11 07:56:21

Ok I should probably know this but I have worked myself up into a confused frenzy and now neither word "looks" right confused

I want to write that I qualified in a number of specialised areas so which is correct?

"despite originally qualifying in commercial and financial specialisms..."

or "despite originally qualifying in commercial and financial specialisations..."

or something else entirely?

I think it is confusing me because the point of the phrase is that depsite qualifying, I never practiced and therefore they were not my specialisations IYKWIM.

Anyway since my whole life a job that I quite fancy depends on this I would be v. grateful for thoughts.

EuphemiaMcGonagall Wed 03-Aug-11 21:30:12

I think the word you want is specialism.

However unless you are after a post with the OED I really don't think it matters that much! grin

MrsShrekTheThird Wed 03-Aug-11 21:33:12

I also think Specialisms. And I agree that both look weird, and also agree with Euph that unless it's the OED then your pedantry grammar is better than theirs grin

PacificDogwood Wed 03-Aug-11 21:34:18

Both sound kind of wrong...


speciality?? This would be used in medicine...


Hevian Thu 04-Aug-11 04:50:10

You need to change the sentence around. It needs to read "despite originally specialising....."

You've made up the other words; they are awful.

Catslikehats Thu 04-Aug-11 07:50:52

I went with specialisms - and am relieved by your comments that it is unlikely anyone will notice grin

Hevian the problem is I have never "specialised" in those areas. I qualified in some particular areas but never practised in them. I now want a job in one of the areas in which I have qualified but have no practical experience. It would be misleading (I think) therefore to suggest I have specialised.

But regardless I can assure you the words aren't made up hmm

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