What sort of engineers we are trying to build when at the beginning of one’s career, one is into the habit of getting paid without any active contribution at all? I’ve also heard various talks, where the ones who get frustrated by this are seen in bad light. “Company is spending so much on them”, “aren’t they getting paid”, etc. The money spending part is over-played in most of such discussions. Spending is more personal when it comes to career building. Having a pool of ready engineers is a necessity especially for services company but what do they do they till an ‘actual’ project comes. Is to so difficult to create a constant learning environment where they can constantly hone their skills?
I know this post might hurt some readers. It’s meant to hurt and I am in no way ashamed of that. If you want to know what hurting means, be a part of those discussions where I was and I was told “The quality of freshers is deteriorating these days.”, “You know, in our days…” and so on. Nobody cares to remember that in those “our days” the giants of today were not giants. The benches were not so gigantic. Freshers were not paid without work. If you belong the pool of freshers who would giggle at such remarks or the pool of experienced ones who would give a sorry nod/ say ‘I too feel that’, this post would hurt. For the others, I believe we are having a healthy conversation in this post.
Freshers: Next time you find yourself on a bench/ doing $#@! job and feel sad about it, do an introspection about why you chose to be where you are.
Companies/Managers/”Experienced Ones”: Next time you complain about the quality of work of a fresher in your team, ask what you should do to your hiring process for freshers.
I am extremely thankful to those freshers who have inspired me to build this thought process, who are an inspiration for me, who make me wish that I should have been like them when I entered into IT. I wish we see more of them around and it’s our responsibility that we build an ecosystem that sets the right examples for freshers wanting to become like them.