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Describe the situation with the greatest ethical complexity that you have faced in your professional or academic life, and how your input helped resolve it.

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  1. 1. Describe the situation with the greatest ethical complexity that you have faced in your professional or academic life, and how your input helped resolve it IE ADMISSION ESSAY OSHO TOLULOPE OLUMIDE
  2. 2. The situation with the most ethical complexity I have ever faced Despite the fact that I have faced situations that needed me to act based on what I felt was right or wrong, the dilemma I was presented with was quite great for me.
  3. 3. My Current Job I work as a Project Engineer for an IT Company in Nigeria. I love my job and I love my workplace. However, even good things come to an end someday. From time to time, we all need to move on. It could be for a newer or bigger challenge, it might be for the money, it could be for any reason
  4. 4. The Phone Call It was a usual day at my office going about my normal duties when I got a call from a very good friend. We had not spoken in a while but he was unusually fast with his greetings and he moved straight to the point. “Tolu, I have a very fantastic job offer for you, there is an opening in my company I have recommended you to fill. By the way, my boss would love to speak with you and before I could say anything, I was on the phone with his boss.
  5. 5. The Offer Good Afternoon, I have an offer for you and a very exciting offer at that. It would be double your pay and with interesting benefits too. I was excited, bigger money was on the way for me, a better life in my own opinion. He continued, I would need a favor from you in return. I want you to give me the details of the GBB Project you are working on currently. I was not sure if I heard him right and I asked him to come again, he did and he convinced me further of the bliss that awaited me if I gave him what he wanted.
  6. 6. The Ethics of my Job In the company I work for, there is an oath of secrecy signed that forbids an employee of the company to discuss the details of work within the company with an outsider.
  7. 7. My Dilemma I asked him for more time. The offer was very hard to turn down, the money he offered would buy me a lot of things I wanted. The working conditions were far better than what I currently had and the position offered was 2 grades ahead of what I currently occupied. A part of me wanted the offer, I needed to move on to the better life. Another part of me wanted my present company to win the business, winning it would make us meet our target for the quarter. I was torn between my desires and doing what was right
  8. 8. My Thoughts If I divulge the details of this deal to my friend’s MD, I would get the job and a pay rise. If I get the job, I would have to deal with a company where business ethics is not valued I might be asked to make more unethical decisions during the course of the new job which would be in direct conflict with my principles.
  9. 9. My Decision A quote that my father loved most came to mind “If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” ― Henry Kravis I could not live with selling my company’s business for the promise of a better life, even though it was a tough decision to make, it was a decision I could live with. I called my friend and gently declined the offer.
  10. 10. Aftermath My company won the deal eventually and a bonus was declared for every staff of the company. Even though I am still on my pay grade, I am quite proud of myself and what I did for my conscience.