Lately, students are being warned to clean up the content on their social media profiles since potential employers may research them before hiring. But what exactly is acceptable content? Also, are employers setting their expectations too high while selecting a young employee? In my opinion, I think it’s a mixture of both.
I agree, yes, students need to clean up their profiles a bit. No one wants to hire someone who has a dozen pictures of keg stands and whiney status updates. But I also think it’s ok to have a few silly pictures that contain alcohol and humorous status updates if that’s a part of your personality.
From a very young age we taught right from wrong and received consequences for mistakes we made. We were put in the corner for not picking up our toys or given a bad grade when we didn’t follow instructions properly. Although this is a standard procedure to encourage good behavior and create respectful citizens, sometimes I wonder are we really learning from the mistakes we’ve made or are we just molded to fear making mistakes?
Let’s use a very specific example for this topic such as college students. By the time we reach our senior year in college, we are almost wired to strive to be perfectionists. Pressure to make good grades, multitask and still have a decent social life can turn us into robots. We take on numerous projects and tasks because we’re afraid to say no, and the next thing you know we’re overloaded and sweeping our mistakes under a rug. We have become to fear our errors because in our minds mistakes equal failure.
This Monday I hosted the weekly SMC EDU chat on Twitter about the online attitude of college students. Many people participated and provided strong opinions about the topic.
Most seem to agree that the online attitude of the majority of college students is reckless and too personal. We talked about ways to encourage students to clean up their profiles and statuses and provide professional attitudes. Also, we talked about how the average student views social media as a place to socialize rather than a place to produce professional content.
When I was a student, one of the hardest things for me to do was to keep up with the latest news and trends in technology. I was constantly busy with projects, work, and studying and found little time to roam the web for news. That’s when I learned how setting up a simple RSS (Rich Site Summary) Feed could give me all my news in one place saving me a lot of time.
In this recent survey, 80% of faculty asked reported using some form of social media in their teaching.
If there’s one thing I understand the most about college students is that they are very busy. Part-time jobs, class projects, and student organizations consume the average college student but also helps develop them into solid multi-taskers. Students who take leadership roles are even more impressive and are usually rewarded in the long run for their sacrifices.
What’s your role in a student organization?
Most students belong to at least one student organization but only a few actively participate. Students are often afraid to take on leadership roles in organizations because they are already spread too thin. Honestly, I too was afraid to have an official leadership title in the student organization I was involvedin but official title or not, I realized I could be a leader in my student organization on my terms and with less pressure.
One of the many misconceptions about blogging is that you have to be a witty, smart writer in order to be successful. Many students are turned off by this blogging myth because they do not care to write for leisure. What students do not realize is there are many different ways to blog that do not involve much writing at all.
Many online users are starting to use other methods of producing content. Video blogging, photography blogging, and podcasting are becoming an alternative to the traditional written blog. At last, people are able to utilize their niche, create content on their terms, and showcase their talents. The best way to find your blogging outlet is to experiment with each possibility.
One of the core tenets of SMCEDU is to do a better job of integrating social media into the world of higher education. That’s why when my my alma mater asked me to speak at their annual Communication Week this year, I jumped at the opportunity (well, that and I was able to take my daughter to see her grandparents for the weekend).
Because these were communications students already learning the basics of social media in their core classes, I didn’t want to do yet another Social Media 101 type presentation. Instead, I wanted to help them understand that even though they may learn what Twitter is, how to use it, and some case studies, there’s nothing like doing it in the real world. That’s why I gave a presentation titled “The 7 Things About Social Media That You’re Not Going to Learn in College.”
Having a voice online can be a very powerful tool. At any given moment you can deliver a message, or idea, to millions of people across the world. Sometimes a voice can be thought of as insightful and inspiring. Other times, a voice can be viewed as annoying and arrogant.
Where should the voice of a college student BE?
Should college students be churning the barrel and stirring up controversy, or should they lay low and try to stay out of it. Personally, I believe they should aim for a sweet spot in the middle.