Awareness of online professional profile by early career researchers MADELINE PATERSONCareer Transition Coach Transition Project Manager
The researchers?Early career researchers (from variousdisciplines) selected for Southampton’sTalent Development ProgrammeEarly career researchers selected for theDoctoral Prize to boost their prospectsResearchers (some postdocs) participatingin a Knowledge Transfer Scheme andseconded to industry for a year
In 2012, I have worked withvarious researchers to widenawareness of career choices;to explore their professionaldevelopment; and to investigatetheir experience of industrysecondments – trying to focus ontheir career, not just their work!Online professional profile and networking opportunities
Concerns over self-promotion and privacy Online profile is a low priority activity
Asked them to shape an authentic description that others would find, understand and appreciate.
“Your online identity is already out there – so take care of it!”We assessed their profile, described what we found, discussed enhancements.They made changes - and we met again.
Be yourself, with skillKeep your profile up to dateRecord your achievements Link to it from everywhere
As a career specialist,if I didn’t believe that onlineprofile matters, I would befailing my clients.Raising it in an authentic contexthelps individuals to strengthentheir presence and boosts theirprofessional confidence.
“Even if you choose not toengage, adoption by othersis changing the environmentin which you operate.”(Weller, M., 2010. The Digital Scholar.) “Career specialists must know that a well managed online profile is essential. Maintaining my own digital literacy is key. My profile and networks help me to develop my own career, so my job is to help others do the same!”