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    Would getting a tattoo on my forearm hurt my programming career chances?

    Hi everyone, so I should be getting a tattoo on my forearm, nothing major, it is my whole forearm pretty much but it's actually just a writing on a piece of torn paper; anyway, do you think this could hurt my career chances as a computer programmer?

    I'm still not 100% sure how all of this works, working towards the degree in computer science right now, but it shouldn't affect my career options should it? I'm not in contact with people I believe, except for co-workers of course, I'm not a waiter who sees lots of people everyday and this could mean that their employer might not want him/her to have tattoos, so my line of thought is that it shouldn't but please feel free to correct me.

    Thank you!

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    It just means you'll likely work as a hipster web developer. You should just start learning Haskell now.

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    Consider that you won't be a cubicle monkey your whole career (spanning possible 40 years or so).

    If you wind up in sales, or senior management roles, or even anything customer facing in any other industry if programming doesn't work out for you, then you might be at a disadvantage.

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    Probably a bad move. You could always wear a shirt with long sleeves though, if it became an issue, and it probably will.

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    Having a potentially visible tattoo might be a gamble in landing a job or promotion, even though it'd likely be a small gamble. You have to ask yourself: Is the potential gain worth the possible cost?

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    Do what you want and let the job market adapt to you. Not the other way around. If you start your career intimidated and constrained, you'll always feel miserable in your life.
    If a company doesn't want to you because you have a tattoo in the 21st century, more likely you shouldn't want that job either.
    But if you are struggling financially and need to get a foothold on your career, then postpone the tattoo to a later date. When you asserted yourself as a developer with a decent resume, do the tattoo and don't forget to raise your middle finger when its done.
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    Depends what the tattoo is of. Well, joking around it could be a nude woman for example that most people get on board with
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    do the tattoo and don't forget to raise your middle finger when its done.
    I like to apply this strategy to most things in my life, which do not affect other people. It is your life. Conduct it as you see fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matticus View Post
    Having a potentially visible tattoo might be a gamble in landing a job or promotion, even though it'd likely be a small gamble. You have to ask yourself: Is the potential gain worth the possible cost?
    definitely agree

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