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Managing your digital identity

Digital identity management has been defined by Jisc as:

'The capacity to: develop and project a positive digital identity or identities and to manage digital reputation (personal or organisational) across a range of platforms; build and maintain digital profiles...review the impact of online activity and collate and curate personal materials across digital networks.' (Jisc digital capabilities framework)

It is important that you carefully manage and maintain your digital identity to ensure a professional, up-to-date and positive online presence. Simple tips include; using the same photograph and style of name across your social media channels to help establish your personal brand, ensuring you regularly engage with Tweets, Facebook posts, online conversations, etc. and remembering to that online content will be accessible to others for an indefinite period. Watch the video below for more tips and advice.

Social Media for employability and professional networking

Social media and professional networking platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn can be used to build a professional network, search for jobs, develop global connections and establish your own personal brand. More and more employers now check the social media and professional networking sites for information on applicants, so ensure that you have a professional online profile that enhances your employability and attracts potential employers.


LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which allows you to connect with other professionals in your industry. You can showcase your work experience, skills and achievements and upload presentations. Think of it as your online CV. You can also recommend colleagues and endorse their skills and get recommendations and endorsements in return. You can use it to follow companies, participate in discussions and search for jobs. Many employers now check LinkedIn for potential candidates. 


LinkedIn Learning

You can also link your LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) is a website which provides access to over 5000 online courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts. It is available to all Manchester Met staff and fully enrolled students.

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Twitter

Twitter provides an excellent opportunity for networking and job hunting. Get instant access to industry news and developments. Follow companies and search for jobs. Many companies will have a Twitter profile specifically for advertising  job vacancies. Share your own links and promote your website or blog and share examples of good practice with your followers.

  • Join Twitter here
  • A guide to joining Twitter
  • A blog post which includes some great tips for using Twitter, and considers the good the bad and the ugly of this social media tool

 

Watch the video below for more tips and guidance for using Twitter for networking and job hunting.

Digital footprints

Your digital footprint is the information left behind when you go online. There are two types of digital footprint;

Active - things that you are intentionally sharing/publishing/submitting online. This includes social media activity, emails and online chats, location tags, information submitted to online forms, message boards and forum posts.

Passive - this may include your IP address, browsing history, purchasing habits and online behaviour. This data can be used to build customer profiles and customise users' online experience.

Remember that it isn't just your actions that can impact your digital footprint. Anything that anyone else posts about you online can have an impact such as photos and statuses your friends tag you in, and even reviews you leave on shopping websites such as Amazon and eBay.

Digital wellbeing

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Digital wellbeing can be considered in these four contexts: social, personal, learning and work, and has been defined by Jisc as:

 ‘The impact of technologies and digital services on people’s mental, physical and emotional health.’ (Jisc digital capabilities framework).

The prevalence of technology in our lives can be overwhelming and it is becoming increasingly difficult to ‘switch off’. Consider using social media timers to enhance your digital wellbeing. These are available for both Apple and Android phones/mobile devices and work by simply sending notifications to users when they are approaching, or have surpassed, their screen time limits. This video explains the principle behind them in more detail. A couple of timers that you could try are Offtime or Space.

You might also want to monitor your screen time by using the inbuilt features on your smartphone/mobile device. You can find more information on using Screen Time on an iPhone/iPad here and Google Digital Wellbeing here.

Digital identity and wellbeing online courses

FutureLearn is an online education provider of a diverse selection of high quality courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. Manchester Metropolitan has also recently partnered with FutureLearn.

Many courses are offered around the topic of digital identity and citizenship, covering areas related to evaluating information online, social media, filter bubbles, personalisation and much more.  Here are a selection:

Becoming a digital citizen: an introduction to the digital society - become a more informed digital citizen and engage in debate about what is appropriate in the modern world of social media

Learning online: managing your identity - reflect on how you want to present yourself online and take positive steps towards these goals.

Learning in a networked age - What does it mean to learn in a networked world? Find out, and discover how to make use of your own personal learning network.

Digital wellbeing - do digital technologies affect our wellbeing? Explore the concepts of health, relationships and society in the digital age.

The power of social media - explore the impact of social media on the world and learn how to put it to good use in everyday life.

You can also find similar courses via a range of other online education providers including Coursera and LinkedIn Learning. Here are just a couple of examples:

Manage your digital footprint - focus on the different dimensions of a digital footprint, including developing an effective online presence, managing your privacy, creating opportunities for networking, balancing and managing professional and personal presences (eprofessionalism).

Learning computer security and internet safety - have the knowledge to prevent viruses, malware and other security breaches on both your computer, your home network and other people's and protect your, and others' privacy online.

 

Employability library workshop information

Library Services InfoSkills run workshops to help your studies throughout the year. You can find upcoming dates on our Eventbrite page or on the InfoSkills Workshops page.

One of our session is specifically on developing your employability skills in terms of researching your prospective employers:

Researching commercial companies for career preparation

 

Careers sessions are run by Manchester Met's Careers and Employability service throughout the year.  Browse the full list and further details on their Events page.