Managing your digital identity
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. This video will provide more details . . .
Social media and professional networking platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn allow you to showcase your knowledge, skills and achievements. They 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 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.
It’s quick and easy to join here: https://www.linkedin.com/start/join
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:https://twitter.com/
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.
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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.’
The prevalence of technology in our lives can be overwhelming and it is becoming increasingly difficult to ‘switch off’. Consider using social media timers and monitoring screen time to enhance your digital wellbeing. You can also download wellbeing apps on your smartphone such as Headspace which provides mindfulness and meditation techniques
#NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing - report from the All Party Parliamentary group on Social Media Inquiry: 'Managing the impact of social media on young people's mental health and wellbeing.'
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.
One of our session is specifically on developing your employability skills in terms of researching your prospective employers:
Showing a potential employer that you really understand them and their sector is an impressive way to stand out in the recruitment process. This practical session shows you how to use the variety of resource available within MMU to get the right information to impress your potential employer.
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.