Here is a forwarded email I had received and I can’t hold temptation to share it with you! I don’t know who wrote this email and hence I can’t publish name of the author. However I want to thank “Mr. Anonymous“ for writing this wonderful piece!
If you are in IT, you will relate with this so instantly!
I have reproduced this email as it is (except changing from “u” to “you” and removing company name mentioned in the original email).
After lots of meet ups with my non-IT friends, relatives, strangers, rickshaw wallahs, etc etc, I noticed that the moment you say that you are an IT guy, they have already made some assumptions about you.
Myth #1 : If you are not in the four biggies ...you are a loser
Auntyji :"Beta, kaunsa tent?"
Me : "Persistent! Aunty I work in Persistent."
Aunty :"Tumko Info*** mein nahi mila kya?" (in short: "tum second grade gadhe lagte ho")
Then I have to make efforts to tell them how I actually work for a much better company. Phew!
Myth #2: If you havent been onsite ...you are a loser Uncle : "Tum do saal se IT company mein kaam kar rahe ho na?"
Me : (tighening my collar..Head high) "Haan uncle ....bas ..."
Uncle : "Tum videsh nahi gaye?"
Me : "Nahi uncle project mein requirement nahi hai onsite kaa"
Uncle : "Lekin woh bunty ko toh maanna padegaa.... engg mein 2nd class milaa...fir bhi usne jamke mehnat ki aur usse company ne USA bheja!"
Uncle : "Tum do saal se IT company mein kaam kar rahe ho na?"
Aaaha! That’s the problem. People think that only 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 #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 (next..next.. 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 you have man. You 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, they were not 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…you get questions like……”Are you going to 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 XYZ Company, many times I get a reply “My son/daughter/relative Mr/Ms XXX also works with XYZ. You must be knowing him/her” and if I answer in negative, they feel disappointed (sometimes even angry with me).
How to explain to them that there are around 1,00,000 employees in my company! Phew!
P.S.: So true! Being in IT, I can relate with most of these scenarios!
How about you?
- If you are in IT, have you faced similar situations?
- If you are not in IT, do you think we are second grade gadha ? :-)
Pour in your thoughts!