Facebook–Causing Trouble Online?

Facebook—a term that college students use countless times daily—used as a noun for a social networking site and a meeting place, “I’ll see ya on Facebook.” Other times Facebook is a verb, “I Facebooked her yesterday, and in some cases Facebook is simply the thing we turn to for all aspects of our life. Whether it be for work, play, chatting, or “creeping”, Facebook has become a crucial part of our day-to-day lives as college students. Most of us look to update our statuses with the latest gossip, complaint, or success story. Most of us look forward to Monday mornings when our Facebook Friends upload documents of the weekend prior, and for most of us we participate without a second thought. Facebook has become a societal norm, but have you ever thought about who else might be viewing those statuses or viewing those photos of your wild weekend? And for most of us, that answer is no.

We post for our friends, our family, and for our self-expression. Not often do we think that what we post could have negative repercussions. As I spoke with students here at UW-Green Bay, I found that most students don’t think about what they put on their Facebook profiles. “It’s a personal profile,” one student stated, which is true, however once posted on the World Wide Web, rarely is anything left “personal”. The internet offers little protection in the realm of security. The technology available has only made this much more real.

One out of the ten students I spoke with said that they regularly think about what they post online and regularly censor their posts to avoid negative associations. Many students stated that they’ve thought about it often, but it hasn’t changed what they post online, and a mere few students stated that they have adjusted their profile’s privacy settings to help deter unwanted viewers. However, for the most part students and young adults believe that Facebook is a personal entity, almost a form of online scrapbook and journal that documents our lives and allows us to keep in touch with those who are important to us. “Facebook is some people’s best friend to which they tell everything, others choose to keep Facebook in the friend-zone, but without giving away too much,” one sophomore student so cleverly put it. How much does your Facebook know about you??

What do employers think about Facebook? What about professors? To answer these questions, I turned to the web; according to a study done by CareerBuilder, 45 percent of employers social networking sites as screening tools when selecting applicants for hire. Many of these employers admitted to disregarding applicants due to the information collected online, but just as many employers lobbied that social networking sites have helped some applicants get the job. They recommend “cleaning-up” your social media profile before starting the application process. They commend creativity, well-roundedness, and evidence of skills as traits that will benefit your application. Another report published in BusinessWeek attempts to weigh the ethical rights of employers to make hiring and firing decisions based on online content. One argument in favor of these employer rights is the fact that a public profile is, well, public, and that anything posted to that profile is fair game. Furthermore, the fact that Facebook, as well as many other social networking sites, allows you to privatize your profile, limiting access to everyone but those you want to see the information. Many argue that not taking the time to limit your profile access constitutes the right of employers to view your content. On the flip side of things, arguments against employers logging in and viewing online networking sites state that online content is not ethical to be used in a professional setting. Those traits that may be apparent online, most often have nothing to do with the user’s professional skills. This content could be misinterpreted and/or completely invalid all together.

No matter which side of the argument you stand, beware of the potential dangers online. Keep Facebook at a distance when it comes to your personal life, and take advantage of the privacy settings that are offered. Protect yourself and your friends as precaution, not to mention, take one less worry and hassle out of applying for that job.

Career Services Names Glen Tilot the 2010 Recruitment Partner of the Year

Glen Tilot, a social worker with Brown County Human Services and 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, was honored as the 2010 Recruitment Partner of the Year by Career Services.

Tilot was presented with the award on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at a reception in the University Union. In receiving this award, Tilot was recognized as a valued partner of the University.

The Recruitment Partner of the Year award is presented annually by UW-Green Bay’s Office of Career Services. Each year an organization or a community member is chosen for the recognition based on exceptional commitment to Career Services’ mission of creating learning opportunities for UW-Green Bay students in their field of study, through internships and other hands-on experiences. Tilot is the first individual to receive this award. Previous winners include: Integrys (2007), Schenck Business Solutions (2008) and the Arthritis Foundation, NE Chapter (2009).

To read more about Glen’s contributions and view pictures from the event, go to: http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/featured/alumni/11/08/alumni-recruitment-partner/

Still Undecided?? Let Career Services Help You Choose the Perfect Major!

November is here, and that means Spring Registration is just around the corner.  This is the time that students frantically search for classes to fill their class schedules. Often times this task is daunting enough for students, but without an academic plan or goals, this can be an extremely dreadful event for many students. If you’re reading this thinking, “I’m one of those students”, keep reading. I’ve got some great tips and tools for making this year’s registration as smooth as possible.

 Choosing an academic path and major is sometimes a difficult thing to do, but that’s what our excellent counselors at Career Services are here for! They can help you recognize your interests and skills through an assortment of career planning and interest assessments. They can give you their best advice, and ultimately help you choose the best path for you. They are here to help YOU! Making an appointment is easy. Call us at (920)-465-2163, and our wonderful office staff will help schedule you an appointment that works right into your schedule!

 There is also a Career Planning course that is offered every fall and spring semester. The assignments of this course focus entirely on self-assessment by learning and applying different career planning theories, and exploring the career options available to you. This course gives you an in-depth look into your personal goals and interests, which will eventually help you, choose the best major-match for you. Look for Human Development 225 if you’re interested in signing up for this course. You can also visit the Career Services Webpage for more information.

 With these tools, you will have a path cleared away in no time! Our staff has made it their mission to do their very best to help all students, so take advantage, make an appointment today!