A SHORT VIDEO INTRODUCTION
Before I embarked on this module, I had rather elementary understanding of how the internet works.
To me, it was mainly about research and social media.
But over the course of the past 2 weeks, I came to understand that it was much more than that.
The way we use the internet, especially our social media, can indirectly affect our careers.
I learnt about multiple online identities, which was a totally new concept to me.
It would seem that while we were using the internet nonchalantly,
we were leaving footprints behind us that can eventually come back to haunt us.
In this generation, since the avoidance of internet use is near to impossible,
the only way to solve that issue is to be careful about the actions we take online.
Below is a short assessment of how I used the internet before and after this module.
I also learnt about the importance of having a professional image.
It defines how our employers and co-workers look at us.
Other than the use of professional sites such as LinkedIn and PathBrite,
one aspect that’s often overlooked would be the use of personal social media accounts.
Because our information is easily accessible, all our hard work would be
for naught if we don’t take care of the backend issues.
We need to shape our digital identity to one that can be a stepping stone for us.
Below are some measures I undertook to improve my professional image on social media.
Good management of our digital profiles is not always about doing a clean-up of
all the old posts but rather, it is managing it to be an advantage.
MY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
I tweaked with my security settings on my personal Facebook account.
In the near future, I will be setting up a “Business” page to showcase and brand myself.
In that way, I will be using Facebook to improve my networking.
A new account was set up.
I will be using this account to communicate and share marketing-related subjects and ideas.
After realising the importance of it, I started a LinkedIn account and
started to network with others of the same interests.
Of course, as I am still a student at the current moment, there are limitations
to how much I can expand my connections.
Since I’m in Marketing, I believe that the use of this platform will be useful.
I started the use of a blogging website (WordPress) to share my thoughts initially
as a requirement of the module. Through it, I improved my writing skills,
research efficiency and use of media tools.
I will be continuing to blog and share my thoughts so my network
can know what I have to offer.
In the future, I will continue to improve my current social media platforms.
The module had imparted ideas on how to better manage my profile and how to
shape it to be an advantage to me, career-wise. When the time is right, I will also be
venturing onto other platforms such as Google+ and PathBrite.
Whenever possible, I’ll use these accounts to create networks for my career.
I used to shy away from online discussions but I now see the need for it and how
the views and comments from others can help me improve myself.
Because I am venturing into the marketing sector,
I see a greater need for me to be seen as a professional individual.
These platforms, if used wisely, can help me achieve that goal.
I must say that after this module, I have more confidence in using my
social media profiles to shape a professional image.
This is definitely something I want to do for my future career as a marketing professional.
For my future modules, I will also use the research skills I obtained.
It isn’t as easy as just obtaining information off the web.
I need to check the authenticity and validity of it.
The learning isn’t over.
It only just begun.