It's a social world out there.

A New World

Posted on: February 18, 2010

Social media professionals gather regularly at conferences across the world, talking about the latest statistics, the future and how they turn this all into profit. I was at one of these conference this week and it has forced me to reflect. What forced me to seek reflection? A silly moment really, a moment during the keynote in which my iphone let me know I had a text. Normally, this would be embarrassing, however, I had heard the same sound 5 times from other’s phones before my own went off. Making me note, we were never asked to turn off our phones, no, we had been encouraged to tweet about the presentations, share thought through tweets etc. This is when I realized just how amazing and powerful the social media arena is.

At this point in my study I wanted to take a minute, before I delve into my final paper readings and research to think about what my work in social media means.  In the past weeks I have started to feel like I am, for the first time, secure in where I want to be and what I want out of my career. After high school it seems like this feat I have struggled with the past 3 years will be easy. Don’t you just go to college, study, get good grades, find a job and know what you want? No, as I am sure many of you know, it is far more difficult than it seems. As I begin the job search to take the next step in my career this summer, I am realizing how lucky I am to be where I am, and that is, involved so deeply in social media.

Social media is truly transforming the lives of millions, including my own.  It is changing how I think about my life, my career, business, money, friends, news, the world, the list goes on. It is changing me, and likely, you.  This is why I know I am in the right place. I want to continue to build a career in social media and teach on its wonders, what do I see in my five year plan? Academia, teaching and advising in communications and social media studies.  Phew, I said it, I am ready to narrow my search to the field that I have spent the last  3 years working in, and 2 years studying in, and I could not be more excited. While this second half of my social media independent study has made it clear just how, murky the legal waters are when it comes to social media, I am ready to study them, teach them and keep up with exactly where those waters seem to be running.  Social media is building the foundation of my future, I can’t wait to find out just what it will build.

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