Look Away: Managing Online Persona Expectations
Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
We know that the Internet allows us to stay connected with family and friends, find romance, share expertise and skills, advocate for social issues, and advance our careers. It is a space that allows us to grow up and try on new identities. For most of us, what we do online affects many (and perhaps all) aspects of our lives.
So what happens if most of us, or even enough of us, focus our digital energies on maintaining our ideal work persona online? What if we take the common career advice to manage each piece of online information as if future employers might see it? Would we lose more than we gain?
This lively, research-supported session will explore companies’ aggressive cybervetting practices, the changing notions of what it means to fit in an organization, and how employees can balance transparency and privacy online. Let us find alternative ways to fulfill organizational due diligence while also respecting that people, including ourselves, have lives outside of work.
Asst Professor PHD
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Berkelaar (Ph.D., Purdue University) studies work and careers, in particular how new communication technologies such as social media influence our understandings and practices of work and caree...Show the rest
Dr. Berkelaar (Ph.D., Purdue University) studies work and careers, in particular how new communication technologies such as social media influence our understandings and practices of work and career. This research includes her ongoing examination of cybervetting—the use of online information to assess the expertise and reputation of current and prospective employees. Her research and teaching address the skills, ethics, and literacies associated with career development and informal learning, personnel selection and online screening, socialization, the meanings of work, and the presentation and interpretation(s) of self and information online. Dr. Berkelaar’s work appears in publications such as Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook, as well as a number of edited books. Prior to teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, Brenda worked in information technology, non-profits, and as an independent consultant.Hide the rest