Hello. Is there anyone there? Will there ever be anyone reading these words? I have no idea.
I have just finished my second year at a UK university studying Occupational Therapy. Our lecturers have recommended that we use social networking and blogging to improve our employability. I very grandly heralded my second year as my ‘year of employability’ ( I sound like a tourism board) as I thought in third year I would be far too busy trying to get the best grades I could. So this year I’ve done voluntary work and one-off projects to make myself look more attractive to employers.
Yes, I definitely want to be more employable when I graduate so I add ‘start an OT blog’ it to my list of ‘oughts and musts’ (along with drinking 2 litres of water a day, eating 5 fruit and veg a day, and exercising for 30 minutes a day). So here I am. The thing is, I’m not a sharer. My last job was all about helping other people so I find it strange talking about myself. I’m the sort of person who, at the hairdressers, starts asking the hairdresser questions about themselves “Yes I’m going across the Andes by unicycle with Michael Palin for 3 weeks, but that’s boring. Have YOU got any holidays planned?” Also what can people learn from me? I haven’t qualified yet!
I talked this over with one of my media-savvy friends, who has to use twitter and blogs as part of his job. I asked him what the benefits were and he said that it’s all about putting up your shop front. Apparently in the current jobs market employers are asking to see Facebook profiles (or probably Googling you), so it’s better that you show them a professional, considered site rather than pictures of you inside pubs or what you had for your tea. He added that it’s a great way of networking and gets your name known “OT process? Yes I know her-she writes a great OT blog. Get her in for an interview immediately!” If anyone is there, let me know how a professional blog improves employment prospects.
So here I am, typing into the void about becoming an occupational therapist and what happens along the way. I would love to hear your thoughts about anything I write about, even if it’s just to let me know that the void is typing back.
So here we go, with much trepidation…