Whilst being rewarding and stimulating, working in education is also rather public.
You will be visible and accessible to the children and adults with whom you work during your course and career. Your lifestyle, relationships, interests and beliefs will be of interest to the school community and people may choose to find out about you by looking online. What they see and read will affect how you are perceived, including your level of professionalism. It’s often how you make a first impression, so make sure it’s a good one. This doesn’t have to be exclusively education-related; it’s important to have personal interests and talents. This is what makes you an individual and will make you stand out in a good way!
Warning: Posting unprofessional images or comments online could result in your being asked to leave a placement, your university course or job.
Lucy has had a difficult day at school and shares her feelings on Friendbook, with devastating results.