Managing Your Digital Image

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“You don’t need a corporation or a marketing company to brand you now: you can do it yourself. You can establish who you are with a social media following” – Ray Allen.┬áSocial media is a cornerstone of our generation. Almost every major social media provider such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have hundreds of millions of users each month. Twitter hosting an average of 330 million active users in the third quarter of 2017, Instagram exceeds that with an average of 800 million active users, and Facebook has a massive user-base, with a whopping 2.7 billion users per month. While these are great outlets to interact with your friends and family, meet new people, and keep up do date on current events, they can also have powerful consequences on your potential employability. Your online image is an extension of yourself, in fact more often than not, it is the image people are most likely to associate with who you are as a person. It is important to know how to properly market yourself through social media, as it may be vital to your ability to earn a decent living.

As stated earlier, your social media presence plays a major role in your ability to get hired, but it also has impacts in other important areas of your life including getting a loan, getting in to a college or university, or even getting fired from a job you currently have.

Here is a short video on the importance of managing your social media presence:

Beyond simply managing your own image, it is important to be careful who you are seen associating with, even in an online capacity. The things other people post about you, and of you, can and will have an impact on your image. You must be aware of what your actions at all times because in the digital age it is likely that there is some sort of device recording what you are doing.

Just take a look at the following image:

 

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As you can see there are four different devices being used the capture the same situation. The man in front is using a video camera, the person to his left is using a phone to record the interaction between the man and the police officer, a woman in the background recording the entire dispute, and then the person who took the photo. No matter where you go there is bound to be someone or something that it able to record what you are doing.

While social media is a platform for you to express yourself, do not make it your online diary. There are certain thoughts and opinions that should be kept to yourself, or only in certain circles. If you are going through a rough period in your life, you need to be especially careful about what you post on social media. Uplifting and inspiring posts that help others relate to your situation are reasonable, but using your platform as your own digital therapist is dangerous. Make sure to keep it positive and do your best to introduce people to a happy environment. It is also important to make sure you hold certain opinions to yourself. Certain views you may hold can conflict with the ideals of an entire company, and endorsing you would mean endorsing your opinions. Most companies are not willing to take that risk.

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If you weren’t self-aware before, hopefully you are by the end of this article! Most young individuals do not understand the dangers of social media because they simply see it as necessary. However, what is necessary is that you be aware of the impacts you can have on your own image with what you say and do online. And remember, once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever.

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The Art of Taking Notes

The Art of Taking Notes

“You can see that there is scarcely an observable fact unworthy of mention in your notes, and yet you could easily spend more time scribbling than watching, and that would defeat the purpose. So be selective, don’t be compulsive, and enjoy your note-taking” – Robert Pyle. If you are a student at any level of education, you probably live and die by your notes. Whether you’re cramming in the night before a test or you are just looking for a refresher on the material, your notes can make or break your semester. But are you truly making the most of your notes or are you just writing down everything the teacher says? It is important to know how to properly take notes in class because as stated earlier, they are essential to your success as a student. Taking good notes will allow you to prepare better for any tests, quizzes, or exams you will have to take, they will engage your mind in class and help you focus on the main important points, and will improve your retention of the material.

There are multiple different methods that you can use that will help you to create more well rounded notes in class, so we are going to discuss three of them. For starters, if it is available to you, get a copy of the lecture from your professor or online, before class. Doing so will allow you to get a head start on the content you will be learning in that class and can pinpoint the major topics that will be discussed. The first method is known as the Cornell Method, this involves making two column’s, one for key words and phrases, and another to write the fine details associated with that word/phrase. The bottom of the page is left open for you to summarize all the information you have on that topic.

Here is a video that goes into more detail about how to use the Cornell Method for taking notes:

The second method of note taking is called a Mind-Map. This method involves taking a subject or topic and branching out into sub-topics associated with the main idea. Students who are visual learners will find the most success with this method as it can be formatted in each individuals personal preference.

Here are two examples of what a mind-map may look like:

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As you can see these two are quite different in the way they are structured. The example on the left is more organized and concise whereas the example on the right is more in depth in the sense that it chains multiple ideas together. However, they both branch out from one main subject.

The final note taking strategy is called the Outlining Method.

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The outlining method is great for students who don’t like their notes to be too complicated. It is probably the most basic and organized layout of your notes since it follows the same pattern of the professors power point slides. While this is one of the weaker methods for note taking, it is still a good way for students to make sure they have an outline that they can easily follow when it comes time to study for the big test.

Congratulations! You are well on your way to becoming a more effective note taker, and therefore, a better student. The methods you have learned here are tried and true and with some practice you will become a master of notes. It is up to you to decide which of these techniques is best for you, although you could always use a combination of all three. They are all flexible and can be used with any subject.

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