Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore the Computer Engineers or the Techies! In fact, every other family in the neighborhood has one. They are the drivers of a technologically advancing economy. But even though they are in thick if it all, the profession of computer engineers is widely misunderstood by others. In other words, people may not be able to differentiate between the friendly neighborhood computer mechanic and the office going computer engineer. Computer engineers, therefore, often face bizarre questions from those who do not have a clear understanding of the profession. Here are 10 bizarre questions all Computer Engineers face.
So yes, the Computer Engineers have to wear tags, but that is not something that is to be made fun of. In fact that tag is very helpful in case of accidents as it aids in knowing the emergency contact numbers or blood group of the person. Of course it also assists in keeping the company campus safe by preventing an unsolicited access. So if someone thinks it is funny or humiliating that a software engineer wears one and mocks him; it’s downright insolent.
9. Slim Social Life:
So a computer engineer is more connected through social media but is that bad? Certainly not and when one talks in an accusing tone about the thin social life of a software professional that makes him put that person in the ‘To Ignore’ List for sure! Maybe more thought should be given to how hard they work and still manage to be in touch with friends whatever the medium.
8. Slaves of Americans:
Ever since this outsourcing business has taken off in India, the computer engineers or in general software professionals are looked upon as slaves to the West. But that is not how those involved look at it. They are colleagues working together to create better software and in turn help consumers and people at large. A little more respect could be better!
7. Can’t you write a code:
Nothing can be more frustrating for a computer engineer than someone challenging him to write a code or if people converse with him to call in favors of writing a certain code for a particular college project. There’s more to a software professional than writing code and there are those that write code and those that work on other aspects of the software. So being a computer engineer isn’t just about coding!
6. Too pretty to be an engineer:
Now this is not only offending for an engineer but a woman as well. What has being pretty got to do with being an engineer? A woman who is computer engineer can’t be pretty? Is that what the world thinks? If so than it’s not wrong to call this thinking aberrant and wrong. And if somebody says these very words to a girl who just happens to be a techie, well then he or she would lose every bit of respect in her eyes for that would be offensive!
5. Can you install my printer:
Well excuse me a computer engineer is not your installation guy! Yes, he takes offence when he is thought of as the guy who fixes your printer. There is much more to being an engineer than just the computer that you see in front of you. So if one is approached to do things such as fix a scanner, printer or a mouse; that is demeaning to an extent which could take the favor seeker off the techie’s good books forever!
4. Didn’t you study from the IITs:
Alright let’s get this clear once and for all, there are only so many IITs and so many seats in them while there are hundreds and thousands of students who aspire to be engineers. So it’s not possible for every engineer to graduate out of IITs and those that come out of other engineering institutes are not disabled or handicapped. So the limited perspective of people when it comes to institutes for engineering irks the engineers and they are insulted if their capabilities are measured with the answer of the question ‘Didn’t you study from the IITS?’
3. You work in a body-shop:
Remember the controversy over Chetan Bhagat’s comment about a certain IT company, when he referred to it as a body-shop. This is an insult not only to the engineer but to the entire fraternity. Mostly people, who don’t understand how a software firm works, make such lack lustre comments. And truth be told, such loose cannons are not pardoned by any computer engineer.
2. Do you work in BPO:
Well there is something about BPOs that computer engineers don’t like to be associated with. This section of our society, the section made up of computer engineers feel that working in a BPO is for under achievers. So when an unsuspecting person presumes one to work in a BPO, it is an outright and hard slap on the face for the computer engineer. Simply because he didn’t toil for four years in an engineering college to work in a BPO and he hates it when thought of as an employee of one!
1. Meet my friend who works in IT sector:
Well it might sound weird but it’s true. Introduce a computer engineer saying that he works in the IT Industry and you’ll never hear the end of it. For some reason, this is taken as an offence. The general impression that common people have of the IT Industry is that of Call-Centres with thousands of people working like telephone operators for the west teaching them how to operate their new television sets!