Ankur Banerjee

Ankur Banerjee

Friday, August 29, 2014

Engineering: How do engineers who cheated in college, cheat in the industry?

In industry as an engineer, you are often judged on the quality and scale of your contributions. If what you produce adequately solves the problem, then few questions are asked.

Cheaters in industry are people who claim credit for the work of others, claim that they have experience that they do not, claim that they are proficient in skills in which they are not, or claim that they worked for an amount of time on a project which they did not. (I'm sure that there are many other ways too)

If you are assigned a role or job that require skills you don't actually have, this will quickly become a problem and will likely show itself. If you receive compensation by claiming work of co-workers as your own, team members will likely turn on you quickly.

Personally, I have always seen cheaters as people who are setting themselves up to fail on a larger scale. The more they get away with, the larger the eventual fall will be. They may be successful as cheaters for years, but eventually the truth will come calling in a very rude way.

As anecdotal evidence, I know someone who had presumably cheated all though high school and was able to get a full scholarship to a good university. They continued to cheat in college, got caught, were expelled for an entire year, and lost their scholarship. Their family could not afford the university without the scholarship and last I heard had returned home to a local community college.

Following human nature, if people cheat and don't get caught, generally they continue to cheat because it appears convenient to them. In addition, the perceived risk of getting caught generally decreases as the streak of successes increases. 

The higher the house of cards is built, the further the fall will be. Don't cheat!

{THIS DOESN'T SAY THAT I NEVER CHEATED...BUT IT'S LIKE I STOPPED CHEATING TO BECOME A "QUALITY ENGINEER" NOT TO INCREASE THE "QUANTITY OF UNEMPLOYED ENGINEERS"}

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