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Take ownership of what you post

    By Joanna Georgiev. March 3, 2014 - 10:55 pm


Guest speaker and successful businessman and mortgage administrator at Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union, Daren Kimura spoke to HPU students on behalf of the Leadership Education and Development Series (L.E.A.D.S) 

The goal of L.E.A.D.S.  is to provide training and resources for students to develop themselves personally and professionally. The program provides opportunities for students to meet staff, faculty,  alumni and promising members within the community as they speak about important leadership topics.

Kimura’s presentation focused on the do’s and don’t of social media.

Believe it or not but social media is not a new concept.  The communication of stories can be seen long before Mark Zuckerburg invented Facebook. People sharing information is evident in the hieroglyphs and cave drawings of our ancestors and the Roman Elite who inscribed words on wax tablets in wooden frames to be delivered and returned the same day…similar to the concept of an ‘iPad’ wouldn’t you say?

Today, with the invention of the Internet social distribution is quicker than ever before and it opens up a broadcasting channel for anyone who has an Internet connection.

Every student in the room raised their hands when Kimura asked if they had a social network. Today, Millennials average to have at least 2.5 social media network profiles and 80% of Millennials log in once a day.

According to a Pew Research study in 2012, Millennials “treat their multi-tasking hand held gadgets almost like a body part.”

SNS have made remembering birthdays easy, and daily planners are almost obsolete. The benefits of being able to stay connected to friends all over the globe as well as forge new relationships is among one of social medias biggest gratifications.

Amid the benefits of providing a platform for self-expression and instantaneous communication, social networking sites can be perilous. Aside from identity theft and home break ins what you post could threaten the likelihood of you getting that dream job.

Kimura’s presentation highlighted the importance of knowing what you post and how it could affect you in the professional world.

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While he acknowledges that one can keep their profile private he stressed that if one wanted to they could troll through and find information regardless.

While it’s an open forum, think twice before you post. “Even if you delete something… it can still be retrieved,” he said.

What many of you probably don’t know is that in the near future banks will use social media to gauge whether you would be a good candidate for a loan. Kimura told students that banks may look at your social media activity and what you post too freely could hurt your credit score.

While we all know people party and have a good time, it maybe wise to limit how you broadcast your escapades.

The seminar was a good reminder and had me think twice about whether I could take ownership of what I post.  I believe I could walk into an interview, pull up my social networking sites and proudly say to the employer, “this is who I am.”

Could you?

RSVP to the final seminar of the year on Thursday, March 6, 2:00-3:00pm, UB 209 presented by Jill Castilla, HPU’s very own Finance major who is now President and CEO of Citizens Bank of of Edmond.

Photos courtesy of Hook Photography and