How would you write the following (name, aspiring title) pair in a company context:

John Smith, to be Specialist

"To be" here is meant in the sense of TBD (to be defined or to be done) or TBC (to be confirmed), etc.

Would it be more correct to use one of the following:

  1. ---, to be assigned Specialist
  2. ---, candidate for Specialist
  3. ---, to be assigned the Specialist grade

or another form?

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  • So John is confirmed a job at the company, but he hasn't started working yet? – user252723 Sep 28 '17 at 12:51
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    John Smith, aspiring Specialist tells you that he's an aspiring Specialist. – Lawrence Sep 28 '17 at 13:04
  • @Jazzachi, the current title is Senior Consultant/Engineer. This is in the context of a promotion. – João M. S. Silva Sep 28 '17 at 13:12

The word you use in the question is appropriate

John Smith, an aspiring Specialist


John Smith, Specialist applicant / John Smith, applicant for the role of specialist.

(both make sense only if 'Specialist' is used as a title, I assume it is because you've capitalised it

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