I recently ran an ‘Emerging technologies’ workshop for Careers Advisers working in HE in Ireland, with Kezia Richmond from the LSE Careers Service. One of the topics we raised was digital footprints and whether Careers Advisers should be advising students on this topic. The overall feeling was yes! with people coming at it from two angles.
Firstly, students might want to think about creating a positive online presence for prospective employers to find when they Google them… which I’m sure they do even if they say otherwise. So, for example, comments on work-related blog posts, profiles on more professionally-focused social networking sites. In addition these networks, such as LinkedIn & NiCube are useful places for making contacts & job-hunting.
On the flip side students need to be aware of how their digital footprint might act against them and to think about pivacy & social vs professional networks. I’m starting to collect useful links on delicious as i have agreed to write a guide on this topic for Graduate Careers Ireland! (And I feel a new workshop coming on!)