A paper from the 2013 STEM Annual Conference.
The teaching of employability skills is now positioned as a key professional practice component of many Computing courses. However, students do not always consider the wide availability of information that exists about them on the Internet. Much of this information is not professional in nature. Having such undesirable online material can reduce the likelihood of job and Industrial Placement Year applications that students make being successful. Instead, students need to have a Professional Online Presence presenting positive information about them and making themselves appear to be desirable to employ.
This paper outlines and reviews the delivery of Professional Practice 2 UG2, a module at Birmingham City University where the development and use of Professional Online Presences are taught and assessed. The success of students at creating Professional Online Presences is evaluated. Students are shown to benefit from this teaching, with an increase of 19% of students believing that they would be perceived professionally online by employers.