Key words

Identity “represents the process by which the person seeks to integrate his (sic) various statuses and roles, as well as his diverse experiences, into a coherent image of self”. (Epstein, 1978, p. 101)

Professional identity is defined as one’s professional self-concept based on attributes, beliefs, values, motives, and experiences (Ibarra, 1999; Schein, 1978).

Online identity, internet identity, or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites (Online identity, 2012).

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Brief summery

Professional identities are built up on how we feel about being professionals, what do we do as professionals, and how our colleagues see us. Since recently we can also add to it who we are outside of working facility and who we are online. Things we do, write, say, type; even who our friends are can tell a lot about us even to those people who we had no intention to give the information to. Our personal have fused with the professional (Kerwin, 2008). It is called social background check. More information can be found here. So it is best to keep the information private and clean. Be aware that everything you say online can be traced to you, and you can get in trouble or……if you wisely mange the information you share online, may actually work FOR you! If your online reputation is not great, there are surely certain things you may do to clean it up: however, the best thing you can do is to carefully watch what you do and eventually with whom and where you share it.

Relations to course outcomes

As current students we have to understand that we are about to enter professional world where things we do and say matter. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this becomes a big deal not only since the time we get our diploma but much earlier…as soon as we join online membership. Therefore, as future professionals we have to build our online reputation today so we can get hired tomorrow.

Works Cited

Epstein, A. (1978) Ethos and Identity, Tavistock, London

Kerwin, A. (2008, July 07). Managing Your Professional Identity. Retrieved November 09, 2012, from slidshare :

 Online identity. (2012, October 12). Retrieved November 09, 2012, from Wikipedia:

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