Living and Working on the Web has indeed been an enriching learning experience. I’m grateful to be given an opportunity to experience the self-learning approach for this module. Meeting the daily deadlines can be excruciating but I truly enjoy every single day of living and working on the Web. In the past, I used to be a very reserved person in my social media. After learning this module for 12 days, I have gradually gained confidence to connect with more people in the digital world.
My before, after digital profiles and future plans
My learning journey on my Web-based interaction has been truly transformational. To begin with, the below video shows a summary of my before and after digital profiles. I also come up with some plans (hard skills) for my continuous learning and career development.
Figure 1: Self-produced (HD) using Youtube
My online professional profiles
In topic 3, I learnt the importance of creating, developing and maintain my professional identities.
I did a clean-up for my Facebook to ensure that there was no inappropriate content. By doing so, I will be able to project a professional image to my potential employers. Although I have set my Facebook account private, I felt the need to increase the degree of privacy so that I could avoid any unnecessary conflict with my current employers and potential employers. One of the instances in which photos tagged by friends requires my reviewing before they appear on my timeline. (Low, 2015)
Despite I created my LinkedIn profile few years ago, I did not know how to manage my profile well. After learning this module, I added few information and visual contents so that more potential employers are convinced about the credibility of my works. For instance, I showcased my previous school project by including a direct link to my YouTube videos. To capture my potential employers’ attention, I also included my work accounts in the banner. By doing all these, my potential employers could access my capabilities and my suitability for job.
Interest/ Hobby (CHARISSALJY, 2016)
This module has taught me how to create a professional digital portfolio for myself. I started a new account for my Twitter, WordPress and Instagram to showcase my writing and pictures. I also decided to adopt a temporary English name so that people, particularly my potential employers can remember my name well. For every banner of my accounts, I included my social accounts as marketing tool to reach more audience in digital world.
As an avid geek, I often visit art exhibitions to enjoy the beauty of art. I could share the photos of arts with my readers from different countries to understand the beauty of art. In topic 3, YuPing mentioned that she likes to take photos of scenery views that could not be seen in Singapore. Thanks to her idea, I thought of taking pictures that could be seen in Singapore instead. The purpose of doing this is to engage people with different countries and cultures through social network. As a local, it is my honour to display the Singapore-based photos on social network. This way, more readers will get to know that Singapore is a beautiful country.
Figure 2: Self-produced using Freepik and Photoshop CC
Furthermore, I also acquired five values that can be applied in my future modules and own professional digital profiles.
Pertaining to this module, I learnt to take responsibility for my actions when I uploaded any posts in my social accounts. I will think twice before sharing any negative or inappropriate content with people, particularly my potential employees.
I learnt how to adapt my work environment from classroom learning to online learning. The freedom and flexibility of writing a blog post allows me to develop creativity. For instance, I made use of the visual contents to make my blog less dull.
Acknowledging my strengths and accepting my weakness are important in my personal and work life. By accepting the feedback from my peers and lecturers, I learnt to accept the mistakes and improve on it. Self-assessment adds as a brownie point to my self-development as I could understand what to work on the specific areas for the next post.
Time management takes place when I need to present my work before deadline as well as being on time for my work and meetings. Through this module, I learnt to manage my time wisely and ensured my work are submitted on time. I also commented my peers’ blogs before deadline so that they can reply me on time. This way, we can keep the conversations ongoing and may thus get to understand our work in-depth.
Moving on, I have created a presentation that demonstrates my learning journey.
In prior to my learning journey, these are the key takeaways I’ve learnt from this module. (WHYYYWHY, 2016)
Figure 3: Self-produced using Visme
In conclusion, this course has been incredibly amazing as it offers different methodology of teaching and learning. It is no doubt that digital marketing places an important role in marketing industry. This module is very useful and applicable as we get to feel the experience of living and working on the Web. If you find the 12 days of working and living on the Web enjoyable and exciting, you may consider working as digital marketers! There are various marketing careers for digital marketers such as Marketing Specialist, Social Media Manager, Web Producer, Marketing Analyst, Web Content Writer and Advertising Coordinators. Do check it out if you’re interested in this area for your internship! (College., 2017)
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