Improving Your Prospects through Online Profiles

Enterprise Week 12-16 November 2012

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Improving Your Prospects through Online Profiles

Date: 15 November 2012
Time: 3pm – 5pm

Podium Lecture Theatre, LCC, SE1 6SB

Event details:
Presenting your professional profile online is becoming increasingly important. What is the best way to develop your online professional identity? Do we improve or hinder our career prospects by being online?

A panel of speakers will discuss and debate these questions and share their experiences of creating online identities, using social media and specialist networks, and being a digital citizen.

This event is led by DIAL  ( ) – UAL’s Digital Integration into Arts Learning project, which aims to improve graduate employability and develop confidence and capability in the adoption and integration of digitally enhanced learning for staff and students.

The debate will focus on two aspects of being online as a professional ‘Presentational‘ (presenting & promoting work online) and ‘relational’ (being participatory professional presenting practice and specialism online).

The debate will explore the challenges, limitations and benefits of how, what and why we use being online to build and enhance our careers:
How the debate be structured?

Introduction and event context – 10 min

Debate 1: Chair: Clare Kennedy

Presentation of practice (What you’ve done), work and profile, UAL tools and social media

Number of 5 min presentations from our panel (20 min total)
Audience debate – 20 – 30.

Debate 2: Chair Chris Follows

Relational identity (what you do); communicating practice, knowledge, skills and specialism online, how do we interact, participate and build professional profiles/identities online?
Number of 5 min presentations from our panel (20 min total)
Audience debate – 20 – 30.

10 – 15 minutes of general debate and final thoughts.

Start and continue the debate by adding your comments to this debate forum and contribute to our resource cluster of videos, images and text.

Panel includes:

Clare Kennedy is a member of the UAL Digital Team which created Showtime [linking to ], the University’s free online platform where graduates can present their work and creative practice. Showtime has evolved over the past four years from an online representation of the UAL degree shows into a platform which is viewed as a directory of talent by gallerists, fashion houses and other creative industry insiders.

Chris Follows joined the University of the Arts London UAL in 2003 and since 2007 has been researching and developing open educational practice and open content communities.  Chris is the DIAL project manager ‘Digital Integration Into Arts Learning’ part of the JISC UK Developing digital literacies programme. Chris has recently completed a SCORE fellowship at the Open University and is the initiator of

Luke Whitehead joined London College of Communications in September 2012 as Publicity and Social Media Co-ordinator. Previously he has worked on Digital and Social Media strategies for major UK charities including the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support. He is fascinated by the humanising potential of digital and the role social media has in creating digital identities for individuals and organisations.

Adam Watling Since joining LCF as Graduate Employment Officer, Adam has forged key relationships with influential fashion industry brands including ASOS, Arcadia, Kurt Geiger, Adidas, H&M and Jaeger, to name but a few. Through LCF’s online platform First Move, Adam has assisted graduates seeking work in many roles including Design, Buying, Merchandising, Fashion PR, Marketing and Journalism as well as other key roles within the industry.

Charlotte Webb is an artist and PhD student at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her PhD title is ‘Working with other others: artistic production and agency in a post-user environment’. She will talk about her online artistic identity as ‘Otheragent’, and her interest in automated online entities such as Twitter bots.

John Jackson: John is an Educational Developer with a particular interest in digital platforms and practices, who has also worked as a business adviser (with a focus on eBusiness) in the earlier days of the internet. He is currently involved in a variety of projects and maintains a blog at

Invited guest audience members

Creative & Cultural Skills representitive |

Anna McAndrew | UAL alumni | Visual artist and musician studying Education at Goldsmiths | My self directed education |

For further details on DIAL’s new project that explores these issues, visit –

Date: Thursday 15 November 2012
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: Podium Lecture Theatre, LCC, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Cost: Free, booking essential

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