Preparing for next week

Well done! You’ve completed Week 1 of the course.

During this week, you’ve looked at what makes a professional presence online, and all the things that might contribute to it. This could be both intentional and via the actions of others, or your own activity trail.

Montage of the step images in Week 1

You’ve also explored some ways you can improve the presence you might already have, by gently (or extensively) editing it and/or creating new content. And you’ve seen how to ensure your privacy settings aren’t letting you down.

You’ve also found out about the conventions around creating an impactful professional bio and profile for social media (or your own site), including how to present yourself in the best light for a potential employer or professional contact.

By this point, you should be looking at your own professional presence online, and thinking about what steps you might need to take to freshen, edit or improve what’s there to better reflect your skills, experience and interests.

Next week, you’ll be investigating the different internet platforms which can be used to boost your professional profile, as well as looking at how to build, maintain and make the most of a network of professional contacts.

You’ll also be considering professional behaviour as well as content — how and why to keep online engagement civil, plus handling any fallout when it isn’t.

At the end of the week, there’ll be an opportunity to put your learning into action and create a plan which can be shared with and reviewed by other learners.

Share your thoughts:

Before we head into the second part of this course, take a moment to reflect on what you have learned so far. What has surprised or inspired you? What are you looking forward to tackling next week?

Share your thoughts with other learners in the Comments section.

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Create a Professional Online Presence

University of Leeds