SHEEN Sharing

A Project of the Scottish Employability Co-ordinators' Network

Universities’ Careers Services using Twitter

Added to post from comment below, 6 May 2009 from Helen Curry at University of London Careers Group: Helen has a page on her blog listing Careers Services she knows of with Twitter accounts; she is keeping this list up-to-date: http://helencurry.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/careers-services-on-twitter-uk-he/.

Now that we have a SHEEN Sharing Twitter account for you to follow (@sheensharing), we’ve very quickly come across university careers services using Twitter for dissemination.

For instance, Keele University Careers Service tweets as @KeeleCareers.  Here’s a sample posting (with URL removed for their privacy’s sake):

Wonder what skills employers look for? Go to ‘Stand Out To Employers’ May 6, 1pm, K2. Book a place: [URL]

Then, @KeeleCareers “re-tweeted” (passed on a tweet they had received to their own followers, including us) a message from the University of London’s Careers Group, who tweet as @CareersGroup, which both alerted us to the the UoL’s Twitter account and sent us to their own blog post on some relevant student blogs:

blogging: Desperately seeking graduate jobs: top student-led blogs http://tinyurl.com/cy2apt

So, in a few minutes we are networked into some sources of resources. We can immediately click a button to follow these Twitter accounts, see their news quickly when we want to, read new items and pass them on in a jiffy.

How did I find @KeeleCareers in the first place? I did a search of Twitter (in the search box in the right-hand column) for “employability” just to see what came up. Very worth setting up targeted searches by the way; this can be done very simply within Twitter’s webpage, or in a more advanced way using a tool like TweetDeck). And there was a tweet from @KeeleCareers; being familiar with Keele University I immediately noticed it.

Running that “employablity” search again today, I see tweets from @jobs_manchester, @NorthEastTweets and @SkillsWork. I haven’t even investigated who these accounts belong to yet but I can already see another rich vein opening up.

Last week, I found @sheensharing was being followed by someone with the odd username of @idid_better. Thought it was a spammer at first but followed their link and discovered an organisation interested in:

“developing and promoting international learning experiences such as internships abroad”

.. so we followed them back to see what comes up there.

Interested? Get yourself a Twitter account soon and start following @sheensharing – we’ll re-tweet stuff to you and let you know what’s coming up of interest. Also, you can start following other ECN folk, as well as other people and organisations of specific interest to you. Conversations can be had quickly and information shared easily. Maybe you’ll even decide your own department (careers or otherwise) should start Twittering to reach students and teachers?

For information on using Twitter, see the earlier posting here.

May 5, 2009 - Posted by | Microblogging, SHEEN Project Dissemination, Social Networking | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. […] Twitter? Wondering what the benefits might be? See my previous post on Twitter, and also my newer post on universities’ careers services using Twitter to disseminate to students and […]

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  2. Thanks for the additional info on this Sarah. Am in touch with @Idid_better about PDP resources for our new undergraduate research internships. If this proves to be frutiful it will really help my planning for our forthcoming induction sessions.

    And I’m able to do this from my hotel room in Portugal 🙂

    Comment by Cherie Woolmer | May 5, 2009

  3. At one point I started making a list of UK university careers services on Twitter. I’ve just posted it on my blog here:

    http://helencurry.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/careers-services-on-twitter-uk-he/

    I’m in no way claiming it is comprehensive, but it’s a start!

    You might also be interested in signing up your Twitter account to this Twibe I set up. It’s looking a bit spammy at the moment, but hopefully with more legit members it will balance out (don’t know how to remove over-active members, if it is even poss)

    http://www.twibes.com/group/Careers

    Comment by helencurry | May 6, 2009

  4. Thanks Helen! We’re now following the additional Careers Groups you’ve listed and we’ve joined your Twibe (although I haven’t yet worked out what the exact benefits of belonging to a Twibe are :-} ).

    Comment by morageyrie | May 6, 2009


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