Chances of being a software engineer?
RolloofWhatever Registered Users Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
I'm currently 23 and want to become a software engineer. I have one issue though. Two years ago I got arrested for a misdemeanor, but I wasn't convicted of it and it later was expunged. What are my chances of being a software engineer?
Reason why I asked this question in the first place is because I'm getting a CS degree eventually. And I know this is random, but why when I asked the same question on reddit I was told I basically don't have a chance of being a software engineer now? So idk who to believe.
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That still doesn't answer my question if I have a chance or not.
Seems to me you are looking for an excuse as to why you can't achieve your goals before you even start. If that's your disposition then I think that will have a bigger affect on your chances than an expunged record. Be honest with yourself, are you seeking reasons why you can't achieve so that you can make them self fulfilling?
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I just simply want to know is it possible for me to do software engineering since I have a record now yes or no?
The answer largely depends on what the misdemeanor was for. An expunged record can still show up in a background check but as long as you answer truthfully, it usually isn't an issue. You can truthfully answer that you were never convicted.
As for whether you are employable as a software engineer because you have been arrested, it depends on the job and industry - as well as what the misdemeanor was for. Different industries have different standards because of whatever services are being provided - for example - in financial services - the criteria will be different. Frankly, many employers do not conduct a background check. Also - EEOC rules do not allow to employers to disqualify candidates solely based on the fact that someone was arrested or convicted. For example, if you were arrested for drunk driving - it would be tough to for an US employer to disqualify someone as a software engineer. However, if the job was as a driver, perhaps those would be legitimate grounds for disqualification.
I will echo what others have said - don't look for a reason where there may be none.
There have also been several threads on this topic in the TE forum which you may find useful and I would encourage that you search on.
But certainly tech sector would have no problem, so best of luck in obtaining the skills you need to get the job you want.
This. You come here to get advice, and several members have taken the time to help, and your attitude with regards to questions being asked to try and give you the best advice is very apparent and would definitely come across in interviews. This would hurt more than an apparent record. The question of what country you're in is HIGHLY relevant, as not just country to country the situation can differ, but even in the US state to state. The reason is privacy and employment laws. Some places may have laws that bar employers from asking about criminal records past a certain point, in some places such records may not matter, etc.
Anyways, paul78 has given solid advice.
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Go talk to an attorney......
And from the information you provided the answer is no, you can't become an Software Engineer. You come off incredibly stupid and rude....
You are too insecure to become a SE.
Also as a hiring manager, I have never disqualified a candidate solely on the basis of the candidate's criminal record. Individual's that I've hired included a convicted drug dealer and one with a drunk driving record. One was a software engineer and the other was a system administrator.