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If you really full fledged lied, you're probably hosed. If you just listed as having attended the university, you might be okay. The whole purpose of a background check is to verify that "this person did what they said they did". If the initial honesty check fails outright or raises any red flags, it is a bad sign for you in that the employer will be very ...


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I think it is ethical, but there are a few areas of consideration: Don't hide it from your boss. If you have to hide it, you're getting into insubordination. The text should relate to your current job, project or to something reasonable in the future. Otherwise, it's sort of goofing off or using company time to prepare yourself to work somewhere else. Again,...


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Two points: A degree is more than technical skills. Web Development "high-demand skills" go obsolete every 5 years. I've been around before Google existed. Hard to imagine, but the internet predated Google by multiple decades. I was in NGO organizations dealing with Netscape and IE5/6 compatibility issues as CSS started rolling out. Guess what? ...


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I know they are going to confirm degree with previous employer as I am a recent graduate, and they will know that I lied. Why would they do that? I'm uncertain why they would call your employer rather than the university/college? Plus why would they check your grades or gpa? I never heard of that before. Typically the background process will check the ...


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Conversely I would ask: Is it ethical for a company that thrives on the 'work' or support of a community, not to give something back? Can a company call on ethics to forbid you from participating in this case? I think not. They can forbid you from drawing on outside resources of course. Or shun everything community-backed altogether. But only picking ...


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People who make sloppy assumptions have only themselves to blame Putting "dropped out" or "incomplete" beside your education would be like putting "terminated" beside past jobs where your contract was not renewed or you got fired. Nobody would advise doing that. Employers would love to know if you have a criminal record, but nobody would advise putting "...


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Probably being sarcastic - With I listed every buzzword I could think of under my skill-set, and I jazzed up my work in high school for my dad's company And The interview was very short To me it's clear, in interview they simply confirmed that buzzwords in your resume are just that - buzzwords; and wrapped it up giving you a light warning. but ...


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I know this angers some when I say this, but ethics are not the issue. The issue is what your management approves of and what they disapprove of. Personally, I participate when I need a mental "break" and it is refreshing to see others' perspectives. I do feel I gain new perspectives and insights, and certainly I've asked my share of questions on Stack ...


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Is it unethical/wrong to say I have a Bachelor Degree when applying in other countries that doesn't have this kind of degree (Technologic)? Yes it is. It's simply wrong. In some European countries, lying on your resume like that may be grounds for firing you for cause, even when they find out 20 years later and it made no difference. Especially Germans ...


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It is a non-issue In the Unites States. There are hundreds of Universities and Colleges with religious affiliations in the Unites States. These include places with obvious religious connections: University of Notre Dame, St Johns University - New York. But it also includes those that don't have an obvious religious connection: Boston College, Georgetown ...


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You're four years out of college? Dude - nobody cares about your GPA anymore. Just leave it alone. Don't go to your boss, don't go to HR, don't mention it at all to anyone. Good, bad, or indifferent, nobody cares.


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A CS education (including a college degree) will teach you timeless concepts. It may use seemingly outdated languages for that, but it's the concepts that matter, not whether you place the semicolon at the end of the line or not. That is why you may think "this is not directly related to what I do right now". It isn't. It is related to the basic ...


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It would be deceptive to list your degree as a Bachelors when it isn't a Bachelors. If you're showing your studies on a CV, and you're afraid that people from other regions will not know what a "Technologic" degree is, then it would be more reasonable (and correct) to explain instead of lying. For instance, you could list the following on your ...


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Employers are typically looking for their employees to be content and even happy at work. One obvious source of discontent would be not having the skills to do your job. Another, less obvious, source of discontent, would be having an insufficiently challenging job. Consider a cabinetmaker, with many years experience in selecting and buying lumber; preparing ...


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I work for a company that uses Pluralsight as our main way of training developers. First off it is a great resource and well worth the money. To answer your questions.... Can anyone help me understand his line of thinking? Your boss is basically scared that your employees will use company resources (time/money) to gain a new set of skills and move on. ...


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Judgments aside, I suggest coming clean. Waiting to come clean will not change their response when you come clean, and if you wait until they find out on their own then I think you know what'll happen: you will almost certainly lose the job. You didn't mention a field, but if you are skilled then companies may accept you before you have the degree. Not ...


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I am of the opinion that teaching is a form of learning. By taking the time to write high-quality answers for SE questions that are related to your job, you are also learning and improving your communication ability and knowledge in your chosen career path. That said, I think it should be treated the same way you would any other unauthorized learning ...


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I graduated with a Bachelor's Degreee in Computer Science from a fairly well-known, very conservative Christian university in the United States. When I was looking for a job, I was concerned that potential employers would see what school I went to on my resume and reject me for not being a good fit for their company culture. (I am a conservative Christian ...


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I don't think you can do much for people who aren't interested, short of paying them extra for doing so or making it mandatory. But I don't think that that's a good idea, and here is why: All people learn differently. Back in university days there were kids who skipped classes and aced tests. Some need to have learning be part of competitive games or class ...


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This is somewhat location specific, but also depends on what you refer to as "Course". If you are referring to a class you took at an institute, like: CS 101, University of Stack Exchange, 2019-2021 then no this would not be lying at all. If you are referring to a degree program, such as: Bachelor of Science, University of Stack Exchange, 2019-...


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I am wondering where I should list the three years of PhD on my LinkedIn profile Chose Option 3 The third bullet you provided is the way to go, put it in both locations. It looks like, and is work experience while at the same time you were able to obtain your PhD. That is a fortunate set of circumstances you found yourself in, being able to accomplish ...


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Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock? Is it ethical for lawyers working on retainer to read legal volumes on the clock? The answer to both questions is 'YES'. We have seen the computing world undergo enormous change in the past two decades, and you should expect more of the same for the foreseeable future. An employer should expect and ...


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TL;DR You're overthinking it, it's all in your head! A company is not going to call a previous employer - even if it's your first employer or a company in which you were an intern - and talk about your grades. They want to know how well you perform, your character, how well you work with others etc. Grades might be checked with your university but they're ...


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So, from your statement, what you did Made a typo in the CV, however produced documentation with actual grades. The company never cross-checked the documents and went ahead with having your record updated as per the CV. You found out later that your record was wrong but you did got get it corrected. So, I'd say, you're in a grey area. You did not correct a ...


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The ceremony of graduation is less important. I assume that even a stray cat might be able to walk it :D Getting serious again, it is of highest importance for you to clarify your graduation situation. Get in contact with your university and ask for clarifications: about the papers / diplomas; about the graduation status; about the information in the ...


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is my resume misleading? Let me ask another question: Why are you not simply marking the education entry as "not completed"? That would remove all ambiguity. But unless you haven't thought of this option, maybe this ambiguity is strategic. You can foresee that this, potentially, may give the false impression that you completed the education. This is, by ...


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My question is whether i should include this information in my resume or not. Would i look like a quitter or someone with valuable knowledge about his field? I would include it. Lots of people include "additional coursework" on their resume. As long as you don't claim to have attained the Master's degree, and as long as the courses are relevant, it ...


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I'm the CEO at my corp and I spend a good amount of time answering questions on the SE network. Sometimes over an hour. I answer questions that invoke me to learn more about something relevant in the scope of my own sys-admin. And in taking the time to create an answer, I often have learned more about my duties. I will say +1 to clearing it with your ...


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