Since we were children, we have trusted others. We rely on people who are close and older than us to guide us on the path to success and the “right path.” One of the hardest days in our lives is when we realize that our parents or the people we admire are not always perfect, not always right, and worst of all, completely wrong.
I recently Ask Twitter What bad advice we got when we started our career. Let’s take a quick look at the responses and some thoughts surrounding them.
Women are not engineers
This attitude of the consultant makes me very unhappy:
I don’t remember getting any. Women in the computer field are usually left to our own devices…I hope today is not so bad for young women trying to pursue their passions.— Ramona Richville (@RLRdev) May 5, 2021
Girls don’t know mathematics, so I shouldn’t pursue any career that may include mathematics (including algorithms).— Karin Boyd🇺🇸 (@grlc0d3r2018) May 4, 2021
The depreciation and disrespect of women in a field usually dominated by men is shocking. Telling anyone that they will never be able to do a job in a certain industry is deliberately depressing and reflects them better than you. Never listen to anyone saying that you are not smart enough-you will go where your passion takes you.
Unfortunately, I work with very few non-male engineers. It may be due to biased recruitment and the impact of women being prevented from entering the field. Let us be more inclusive in the computer science adventure.
The internet is a fashion
This sentence impressed me:
The Internet “things” are just a trend and will not last long! (Around 1999) 🤯-Oliver Muller (@schwabencode) May 4, 2021
I can’t imagine what my parents thought when I was in high school. When I am not participating in sports, I am on the computer. I remember when the Internet boom: the AOL CD in the mail, the main search engine Yahoo, and the tragic sound of 14.4k modem dial tone. One memory that always haunts me is that my mother shouted upstairs, “David, stop going online, your grandma may be calling!”; At that time, the Internet took over your phone line.
The Internet has changed from this luxurious experience to something that completely occupies most of our lives. Online banking and bill payment, streaming entertainment, email… We can hardly imagine life without it. Most of our partners will accuse us of being addicted to mobile phones.
Imagine living through the COVID pandemic without the Internet. Imagine different professions without the Internet. The bottom line is-you don’t need your consultant to see what you see and work hard for your dreams. Realize it.
You are young and work till death
Of course I became a victim of this:
A manager once told me that because I was young (at the time), it was okay to work hard (so, long-term unpaid overtime)-this will be recognized by upper management in the future. Haha.-Hirvesh Munogee (@hirvesh) May 4, 2021
When I was young, I worked hard. I go to university full-time and work 60 hours a week. At the time I was proud of doing this, and to this day, I am very proud of what I did. I also understand the source of this advice to a certain extent-you should be young and hungry, you may have no children or take on huge family responsibilities, and you realize that you need to work hard on the ladder.
The problem with this attitude is that the idea of ”let your ass rest” has changed from working 10 hours of overtime a week to a rookie in Silicon Valley, putting yourself into pneumonia and other health problems. I do agree that young employees must work their own way to gain trust, but the idea of working for poor health or at the cost of a small extra salary is unacceptable.
Go to the best four-year school
We were encouraged to go to the best schools as we grew up:
Someone suggested that I go to a prestigious university that I can’t afford, rather than go all out in a good state school. That was a disastrous decision.— KP McGregor (@kpsmacgregor) May 4, 2021
You need to stay in school 🤣-Christopher Dosi (@christopherdosi) May 4, 2021
I am a living proof that you don’t need to go to a university to have a successful engineering career. I went to a very small university. I got my associate’s degree in a technical college, found my first online job, and then completed my bachelor’s degree in evening school-I even went to summer school!
I am proud of my path, it is very helpful to me, but I can also realize that my path is not for everyone. There are several factors for entering school and work results: talent, professional ethics, opportunity, ability to pay school fees, family factors, etc. There is no perfect road to success in engineering-school age is not guaranteed!
Find where the money is now
There is nothing like being told to chase today’s money:
Choose a major that is easy to find a job instead of the major I want to apply for— Ye Hao (@kfitfk) May 5, 2021
If technology has taught us anything, it is that we should not aim at the easy things, we should not aim at the big things of today, we need to think ahead of time. We need to see what can support us, but even so, it is more important to enter an industry that we are happy to work in. Do I hope that one day I will be engaged in a boring nine-to-five job without too much responsibility? of course. Although I did not reach my potential, it would devour my soul.
You won’t get tools
This is one of my favorites, I believe we all remember:
You don’t always have a calculator on hand.-Spike Shape (@Spike_Shape) May 4, 2021
I remember the first time my university professor said that we can use Google in computer science exams. I was stunned-“Isn’t this cheating?!” No, he only knows the reality of this field-no one knows all the answers, and remembering the method name is a fool’s game. Hell, I still have to find basic things to this day, which is in a way the reason why I started this blog.
Every generation disappoints the younger generation with bad advice; sometimes deliberately, sometimes because of lack of foresight. What I learned from my experience and that of others is that you can’t go wrong trying to inspire. No one will be angry when you support them in chasing their dreams-but if you keep them away from the clouds, they will suffer.