Before the start of this module, although I see myself more of a digital resident than visitor (as discussed in topic 1), I use Internet mainly for personal purposes and sometimes I would use it for my studying as well. However, I rarely shared my opinions and thoughts on the Internet and I don’t really create anything online either. Throughout the development of this module, not only have I learnt more about the online world through my own research and discussion with colleagues, I have also started to develop my own digital profile! Although it is still very basic and require further development in the future, I believe it will be very beneficial for me, in both professional and personal perspectives.
Being a third year student means that I will be graduating in a couple of months time and will be looking for jobs. It is really important to enhance my employability and as discussed throughout the whole module, I have realise how important to develop my own digital profile and how social medias can potentially increasing my employability.
I think the most rewarding thing from this module would definitely be this blog. As English is my second language, expressing my thoughts in English would sometimes be quite challenging, therefore, I would have never imagined myself to actually be having my own blog and publishing new post every week. In addition, as I would love to be in the hand-making craft/cards industry, a blog would be a great place for me to share my ideas and showcasing my creation freely. Therefore, I have actually posted other blog posts (see links), which I have shared the cards that I have made, including a short YouTube video (which again I would never have imagine myself doing so before). From now on, I will be posting on this blog regularly, to ensure I can capture my potential audience interests. Below is a short video that I filmed recently, which I have now uploaded it onto my youtube channel and my recent blog post.
I have also linked all my social media and LinkedIn profile with my blog, so that if anyone is interested in my work, they can contact me easily. Some of these social medias (such as Facebook), I used them merely for personal social purposes previously. And although I got a Twitter account two years ago, I seldom use it. During the progress of this module, I have started to use it more often, to share resources or articles that I have found interesting about this module with my colleagues. Most importantly, notifying others about my new uploads to promote my work. Right after the discussion about online identity, I have changed my social media privacy setting, so that they are more secure and to minimise the risk of my information being misused. I have also went thorough the content of my social media, to see if there’s any inappropriate uploads, if so, take them off as soon as possible because those things could easily damage my reputations (lucky I didn’t find any!). Despite the risks with linking both personal and professional online identities together. These social media platforms are a great place where I can develop my digital profile in the hand-made field. As I can share my works on there with others, so that people will start noticing my work and there might be opportunity where I could receive job offers for interested company. Thus, I will make sure I am being extra conscious and aware of what I am putting out there on the Internet.
Other than these different social medias, creating a LinkedIn profile is also a must when trying to search for jobs. Before the start of week 3’s discussion, I thought the only way to apply for jobs or being noticeable by your interested company would be handing your CV in. However, after that week of discussion, I have soon realised how powerful digital profiles are when it comes to job application. Therefore, my own LinkedIn account has now been created and I will be updating it regularly in the future.
As a psychology student, I found this module very unique and it is so different from all the other courses that I have done in the past. It has actually changes my perspectives in some level about the online world as well. This module relies heavily on independent learning as well as collaboration with other students, to develop our own understanding, which led to some interesting discussions. Overall, I have genuinely enjoyed taking part in this course.
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