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Monday, August 30, 2010
One thing young people are not very cognizant of is their
personal record, particularly teenagers. Whether or not we ever see it, we all
have a record that follows us from birth and well beyond death. It hovers above
us like a vulture shadowing its prey. We may not see it, but make no mistake, it
is always there tracking our every move, and I believe this is what young people
do not comprehend.
As a systems man, I can tell you authoritatively, the
government, the medical community, the financial community, and law enforcement
have been collecting and maintaining data on us the moment we first entered a
doctor's office (be it in the womb or in person), opened a bank account or
credit card, received a social security card, went to school, or received a
ticket for jaywalking. Understand this though, there is no single record on any
one of us as the data is physically maintained in several different places.
There are actually four parts to our personal record:
* Education - specifying the schools we attended, when we
attended, the grades we earned, and if we graduated or failed. Employers pay
particular attention to such data.
* Medical - specifies doctor and dentist visits, diseases
contracted, procedures, medications, and treatments. Again, employers are
interested in such data, particularly in sports and the military.
* Credit - for every financial account you open, your debt is
closely followed as well as how well you paid your bills. Any time you miss a
payment on a credit card, house payment, or car loan, it is recorded and
influences your credit rating, not just now, but for years afterwards.
* Criminal - there is a tendency by young people to
misunderstand their criminal record. Even as a juvenile, any and all violations
of the law are recorded for years and years. Once again, employers are
interested in such data, as well as the military and just about everyone else.
Laugh as you may at being arrested in 8th grade, such a snafu may prohibit you
from getting the job or opportunity of your dreams later on.
Unfortunately, it is not until we get a little older and
wiser do we comprehend the necessity for maintaining a clean record, and usually
too late to change it. Some things cannot be changed such as grades. If you try
to falsify your academic record, it will inevitably be discovered and your
reputation will be ruined, and in all likelihood you will face a serious
misdemeanor (thereby updating your record again). It is also next to impossible
to alter your medical and credit records, they are what they are.
In some instances, criminal records can be modified depending
on the infraction. For example, certain misdemeanors can be esponged from a
person's record by the court providing the person agrees to certain terms, such
as performing community service or attending special classes. Nonetheless, it is
better not to get an infraction than to try and have it esponged.
It's actually a little scary how much data there is on all of
us, and we hope it is all safe and secure from public consumption. The point is,
whether we like it or not, all of our actions are being recorded, and being a
juvenile doesn't mean you are exempt or have an excuse. Just remember, no matter
how hard you try, you cannot outrun your record.
Keep the Faith
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About the Author
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of
M. Bryce & Associates
(MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the
management consulting field. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-10-01 15:47:56 in Personal Articles