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Social Media – Opportunity Minefield

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computerAs a guest blogger for blog.grads.co.uk, it is only fair to talk about how, as a student, opportunities like these are golden, not just for your professional development but also in terms of confidence in your written communication and knowing where you are on the ‘social ladder’.

I discovered this opportunity through Twitter as part of a Social Media Internship offered by the University of Derby Careers Development Centre, where the resourcefulness of social media and networking platforms were emphasised through job searches and career development.

My perfect job when I graduate would be to become a Public Relations Officer, a role which incorporates my passions and skills such as communication, approachability, research and writing. Therefore, the Social Media Internship provided me with a platform to research job markets, getting in contact with public relation organisations such as The Big Cat Group in Birmingham to arrange some form of work experience.

I also discovered the guest blogger opportunity at blog.grads.co.uk and jumped on it, and whilst writing takes some motivation and a bit of inspiration, it has been an opportunity I am proud to have on my Curriculum Vitae – it is an opportunity which I only discovered through utilising the social networking facilities available to pretty much every student – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Tumblr for the more creative individuals out there. They are becoming increasingly important for undergraduates to discover internships, work experience, placements and undergraduate schemes at top companies and industries. It also provides a more personal touch when it comes to applications – if you have put yourself out there, and made yourself known then you will most likely stand out in a highly competitive job market.

Make the most of the facilities available to you, both online and off, and ensure you’re making all the right steps from day 1 of your degree. The more you put in, the more you get out.

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My name is Samantha and I am a 2nd year BA History student at the University of Derby. I have a passion for writing which I hope to develop through various projects and I aspire to become a Public Relations Officer or writer once I have graduated. In my free time I volunteer as my year's Programme Rep as well as the Social Secretary for the History Society, and I have participated in many other roles such as RAG Promotions and Publicity Officer, Marketing and PR Assistant at a college and maintaining my blog, which you can find on my site.

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