Growing your career? The pressures, doubts and stress can be tough. There will also be temptations to indulge in the inappropriate. Such motivation can typically come from the crowd – “Everybody’s doing it”. But Jidaw cautions – improper behaviour has no justification. Professionalism doesn’t come cheap.
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- Get solid on the ground. Be ready to pay the price. During professional ethics classes held at Jidaw, trainees are continually implored to ask themselves: “Am I in IT for the quick-fix, immediate profit or am I in IT for the long distance?” The choice is obviously yours.
- “I was under pressure” is no excuse. When unethical behaviour is commonplace attempts will be made to justify the anomaly. It will be argued quite convincingly but dishonestly that “everybody’s doing it and getting away with it”. Yes that may be true. And the weak minded easily fall into the “everybody does it” trap. It is however Jidaw’s opinion that to thrive as a true IT professional you must have strength in depth.
- The reality is that self-restraint must be in your arsenal. The fact that you can do something and get away with it doesn’t make it right. Are you a professional or you part of the “everybody” crowd? Irrespective of what is going on around you, or the obvious temptations, it is never in your interest to act in an unprincipled manner.
- You are not a dog – you are a human being with values and principles. No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are, creating a worthy legacy should be your priority. For example, do you meet software developers who say one thing and actually do another? Or tech support providers who cheat, lie, or are deceptive? Yes, some will get away with inappropriate conduct but Jidaw asks: are they your role models?
- Please see through the smokescreen – there is no excuse whatsoever for unethical behaviour. Sure the crowd will always be in the majority. But what is more important – your long term future or becoming a blind disciple of the crowd? Excuses simply won’t do.
- Pressure and stress are actually tests that reveal the true you. Rather than adopting the easy or lazy approach, see bigger than the situation. Such issues should make us think and weigh our options. It is an opportunity to be creative – to give birth to something new. Standing out allows you to differentiate yourself and own decisions that shape your own destiny.
- Life is an individual experience. You can’t live the life of others. Your actions, whether big or small, are about self discovery and defining who you are. You are creating your track record all the time. Why allow the crowd to shape your future?
- Unethical behaviour threatens the underpinning of your career vision. What are the implications for the future? And what model are you creating? Jidaw asks: network engineer, are our decisions just about us or want we want? Everybody’s doing it, but think bigger, think future.
- Courage is however required to reject “business as usual” and stand up to the crowd. What do you do when you and colleagues are induced to inflate computer items purchased from the computer village?? Jidaw asks: do you have the strength to handle the “What should I write in the receipt?” syndrome?
- Are you ready to you insist on what is right, even if the crowd differs? Will you be influenced by the environment? Your Java expertise can’t go very far without backbone. Professionalism in IT isn’t only about being “nice” but in having the courage and judgment to do the right thing. “Be the thermostat and not the thermometer”.
I hope it is clear that hunger for success should not lead to a desire for quick fix, get-rich-quick silver bullets. Don’t devalue your reputation or lose your humanity in the pursuit of unworthy quick wins. Learn to see deep. Jidaw asks: can you see beauty even when it’s not pretty? Next time they tell you, “Everybody’s doing it”, tell them, “So What!” Your future is more important. You are not interested. You are not everybody.
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
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