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Wrapping Up

In this course, you’ve looked at the different elements that make up a professional presence online.

You’ve thought about privacy and security as well as audience considerations. You’ve also explored some different platforms and approaches to network creation, plus how conduct and tone can have a huge impact on your professional reputation online.

As we draw the course to a close, it’s important to think about how you might be able to continue on this learning journey in future. As you may have already noted in your own development plan, keeping on top of your own activities online while staying up to date with developments in professional networking spaces are key.

It’s equally important that you make time to maintain regular contact with individuals in your network. This means that you remain current and active in their network too. Learning from peers and mentors already involved in the professional world is a great way to develop your skills and understanding. Observe what they do, and the language they use, then find ways to adapt their approaches to your own situation. Or better still, ask them. People like to be considered influential and may be happy to be approached for some sort of mentoring or advice.

Above all, remember that who you are online professionally is only part of your work life, and should be a valuable reflection of it.

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Create a Professional Online Presence

University of Leeds