Job hunting students’ Facebook worries

Be careful what you post, and watch your privacy settings

October 27, 2011

Students these days are concerned about what potential employers might find out about them on the net when it comes to job interviews.

And of course, when they say the internet, they primarily mean Facebook, that haunt of embarrassing drunken photos and lapsed privacy settings which could give a potential employer a glimpse into the party life a student would rather they didn’t see.

According to a new survey commissioned by the ICO, nearly half of students are worried about what info could be gleaned about them online. 42% of the 500 questioned fear their future employment prospects could be damaged by such content.

That being the case, they should be taking measures to ensure their social networking content is kept private using Facebook’s (or other sites) infamous privacy options.

The survey also showed that many students aren’t protecting themselves against the risk of identity theft. A third hadn’t arranged to redirect their mail from a previous address, leaving them at risk.

Two-thirds had never checked their credit rating, allowing dodgy applications – if there are any – to go unnoticed.

All this is part of the 2011 Student Brand Ambassador Campaign organised by the ICO to heighten awareness of information rights issues.

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, commented: “In tough times, young people are clearly less relaxed about privacy, particularly in relation to information that they post online – but many may not know what they can do about it.”

“The Student Brand Ambassador campaign is about arming students with the advice they need to protect themselves from obvious dangers such as identity theft and keeping their social lives private. It’s about empowering young people to take back control of their information and I hope the campaign is embraced by students at universities across the UK.”


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