Well this weeks work was quite interesting for the simple fact that the website we use to check our courses and homework assignments crashed and didn't get up and running again until earlier today. However, I was still able to go on finally and see what homework had to be done this week for my classes. The paper for my other class I shall do later, but the assignment for this week in my kinesiology technology class is as follows......
This week we learned about professional networking and setting up professional portfolios. We had to set up a linkedIn account as well as a Plaxo account. Both of these sites are about professional networking. I've actually had a linkedIn account for a few years now but I this was my first time setting up a Plaxo account. I really have enjoyed linkedIn over time finding old as well as current colleagues and getting to see what they are doing know and even meeting people through their site that might help me in my future. These sites really help you to network with out having to do too much foot work. Meaning, normally you call a former colleague and say hello and tell them that you have heard that they are working for "so and so" and that you were wondering if they could pass your info on to them or if by any chance you could get "so and so's" information so that you can contact them. In this case you don't have to do all that running around. You just look up your friends site, see if there is someone of interests to you, send an email saying you'd like to meet them and wallah there you are now connected to someone that you feel can get you to the next level in your career. Both these sites have also taken on the whole facebook, myspace style with that they have it where you can update your status for the day and let people know how you are doing or feeling and so on. The other thing is the sites allow you to contact to things like this blog or twitter or even facebook pages that you have so that future or current employers, colleagues, etc. can see what you are all about. Now with everything on the world wide web, you must becareful of what you share and don't share. You never know when you might make a comment that you are later going to regret. For example a current San Diego Padre baseball player made a tweet saying they didn't like Panda Express because it made them sick and told people to never eat there. Well what he didn't know is that one of his team owners is also a part owner of Panda Express. So guess what, someone finally told him what he did wrong and he erased the tweet and then put up a new tweet about how great Panda Express is. So again, always be careful of what you write or say on your blogs, twitter, facebook, or any other social network you have because you never know who might be reading it.
Another part of our assignment was to to create a professional portfolio or website basically. Here is the link to mine......https://sites.google.com/site/coachrule/
Now for my Coach's RULE of the day, "You can't help the unexpected. You never know when something may or may not work when you want it to, or how you want it to. So be flexible and open minded and don't sweat the little things. If something goes wrong or doesn't pan out the way you had wanted or hoped, it's not the end of the world. Remember to just breath, relax, and soon you will be back on track."