On my personal journey through PA, I am slowly overcoming my reluctance to share thoughts and information in the public domain. I initially want to expand on the archival blog by Graham Cobden on tips for gaining experience.
I believe the importance of an online presence/reputation cannot be underestimated. It demonstrates a contribution to the field as a reflective practitioner, which assists employability and can open up opportunities.
Here is a sample of sites to reinforce this viewpoint:
In a competitive field, you need to be aware of mechanisms that alert you to topical discussions in the field and overcome the reluctance to proactively voice your opinions; which differentiate you as an individual. As experienced, current and aspiring analysts, it is critical to at least contribute to the commentaries around articles on platforms relevant to the area. This will build a longitudinal online evidence-based portfolio/reputation to assist your progression onto further PG study, into recruitment and beyond.
Facebook and Twitter are good social networking sites in common vocabulary and daily monitoring, but professional practitioner forums are also maintained within the groups in LinkedIn, such as ‘Performance Analysis in Sport’. This activity leaves a digital trail and growing archive of your maturation through your degree/career.
A new wave of informative blogs has emerged over the last few years, such as thevideoanalyst.com. A different example of online branding is provided by one of our MSc students at Cardiff Metropolitan University – thevolleyballanalyst. Binh has documented an account of his journey through PA, balancing a personal and professional approach. This account of his journey is not only useful for his own reflection and broadcasting, but also benefits peers, academic staff and practitioners alike. Thanks for providing these sites.
I commend Josh Bryan for creating an authentic platform to propel the PA industry forward. The threefold combination of the generation of 1) outward-facing knowledge transfer through the VPA blog, along with 2) a new closed LinkedIn group for industry practitioners. Excitingly, 3) the ‘members lounge’ concept truly represents a bespoke online community of providence for the active contributors to exchange more exclusive ideas and resources.
The question is: are you a passive observer or an active participant? The concept of a worldwide online community requires people to become the latter. So, when does your online presence become important to you?
At this point, Facebook users should at least ‘like’ this blog as a feedback indicator of the overall VPA site; Twitter users who frequent the site should be ‘re-tweeting’; and ‘comments’ are more than welcome of course. Beyond this point, consider how you could contribute an article e.g. a summary of your dissertation. I refer you back to previous VPA blogging about blogging post and equivalent on Clyde Street for more guidance and reassurance.
I hope this assists catalyse the forum.