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    After lots of meet ups with non-IT friends, relatives, strangers etc, you
    will notice that the moment you say that you are an IT guy, they have
    already made some assumptions about you.

    Myth #1:
    If you haven't been onsite ...u are a loser

    Uncle: "Tum 3 saal se IT company mein kaam kar rahe ho na?"
    Me: "Haan uncle ......bas ....."
    Uncle: "Tum videsh nahi gaye?"
    Me: "Nahi uncle project mein requirement nahi hai onsite kaa"
    Uncle: "Lekin woh deepak ko toh maanna padegaa.... vo chote sheher se hai.....bade college se nahi hai ...fir bhi usne jamke mehnat ki aur usse company ne USA bheja!"

    Aaaha! thats the problem. People think that the smarty pants are sent on
    site while the loser ones are the people left behind in India. So the
    assumption is that if you haven't been on site then you don't work hard nor
    you have any sincerity and... ok that's enough for now.

    Myth #2:
    If you are not in the biggies..u are a loser

    Auntyji: "Beta, kaunsa company?"... ..."Kabhi suna nahi"....."Kaha hai ye?"
    Auntyji: "Tumko Info*** mein nahi mila kya?" (in short: "tum second grade gadha lagte ho")

    Then I have to make efforts to tell them how I actually work in a much
    niche technology. In case the opposite person is technologically sane then
    I give him some product development 'funda' (arrogance).

    Myth #3:
    You can fix any computer..and calculator and may be clocks too

    Most of the computer engineers around must have at least once gone to a
    friend's place only to fix his /her comp. The task can be from installing a
    software ( . finish) to fixing a computer which gives electric
    shocks when its metal areas are touched.

    Myth #4:
    You have lots of money

    Once I met up with my friends from school ...from various fields. I just
    mentioned that it is such a pain to go to office nowadays and said that I
    wanted to buy a car.
    Friend1: "what problem do u have man .. u are an IT waala"
    Friend2: "Tu toh Honda CRV le saktaa hai"
    Me: "CRV!! aabey CRV kyaa mere pass VCR lene ka paisa nahi hai"

    Even after 5 minutes of convincing them weren't getting convinced.

    Myth #5:
    Coding means sitting in front of the computer During my college days , my classmate had an encounter with a guy from mechanical dept:

    Mech guy: "Your Computer engineering is a big nautanki.... four years You learn the same grey dabba... and all you ppl do is sit nicely in front Of that dabba and punch the keys"

    Well I don't completely disagree

    Myth #6:

    One more thing which oldies say : " Now you work in such a big company ,
    you are settled , you should marry now !! " OMG this salary is not enough
    for one poor soul.. how to handle two ???

    Myth #7:

    In Diwali...u get questions like......"Are you gonna get a bonus this
    Diwali.....? ?" And when we reply in the negative.... .they seem so
    surprised... !!!!!!!

    Myth #8:
    A common issue that I have seen:

    When I tell anybody that I work with C**, many times I get a reply "My
    son/daughter/ relative Mr/Ms XXX also works with C**. You must be knowing
    him/her" and if I answer in the negative, they feel disappointed (they
    think.....may b nobody wants to knows me).

    How to explain to them that there are around thousands of employees in my
    company, and I cannot know everybody in my ODC, forget about knowing
    everybody in the company. L LoLzzzzzzzzzzzzz. ....

    Add ons:

    #How many times do you face this question
    "What does your company make...???"

    Very logical question but.....How do you answer this one?
    ...being a human...

  2. #2
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    Very true billy, I faced most of these situations... (I am an IT Professional too.)

    People really unaware of the field and talking as they are expert like we are fool and they are more expert then us..

    thanks for sharing.



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