Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Message to students about your future

 A message for our students... on entering their future career... 

Something to think about, students, is the fact that more and more companies are using a person's online presence as his/her resume and background check.

What if Facebook was your resume?

What does this mean? 

This means that your Facebook profile and other social networking accounts, the pictures you post online, the discussions you have on message boards, blogs you may post, etc. is all fair game for your digital personality, a.k.a. your online presence. Take a look at this article by Dan Schawbel, "5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 Years." 

Start now. Start building your "digital resume." Start censoring what you say online. Start thinking about how you want people to perceive you, what you want to do, and how successful you want to be. The world is changing as I type this message, and you are in the perfect place to prepare for your future, especially as it relates to technology.

How are you going to present yourself? How are you going to sell yourself?

Think about it as your digital footprints... are you planning where you will leave your footprints(?), or in three years from now, will you be trying to erase the tracks behind you? Take Mr. Schawbel's advice and plan your path. 

Students: If any of you have a start on this, please reply and post your web address to give examples for others to follow. College students' replies welcomed!!

A quick message to Teachers/Administrators: We, ourselves, are just learning, shaping what this looks like. What are we doing to help students make wise digital choices and to build their digital persona? Please share with students! If you know any students who have great examples, please share!

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