Social media workshops
Today I had the privilege of running 3 workshops at Brisbane Boys’ College for their Careers and Counselling department on the topic of “Social Media - the use of electronic social networks to advance your career”.
I found a few things of interest:
- Almost all the students were on Facebook (a guess, 80%)
- A lot of the students were on MySpace (a guess, 60%)
- Only 3 of the students had heard of LinkedIn
- maybe 1/3 of the students knew of twitter, 1 read, but none posted much
I have to say that I did push the view that they should be creating themselves a LinkedIn profile now!
Before they enter the workforce, they should in my view, fill it in with:
- their educational history,
- encourage their lecturers, any part-time employers and members of any sporting clubs they are a part of to also join up to LinkedIn,
- they should then connect with each other via LinkedIn
- then they need to ask for recommendations.
This gives them the opportunity to write their own history online, to actively create the content that google will find when a potential employer checks up on them.
Thanks to both David Ogilvie and Renate Falkenhagen at BBC for inviting me to be a part of the program today and a special mention to Lee Hopkins, because I’ve learnt a lot about social media and communication from him.
My own LinkedIn profile is here: www.linkedin.com/in/benhamilton.
I encourage you to connect with me there, also, you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/benhamilton.