Student life needs to prepare you to do this adulting thing right. It’s the time when you’re equipped with life skills to thrive in the present and unknown future. Part of your equipping to remain relevant, cannot be if you are not digitally inclined – if you don’t understand digital and technological advancement in our midst. Here’s what you need to know to successfully navigate the digital sphere.
Before technology and the digital space can change the world, you need to be able to master self and to strategically apply your mind, skills, interests and natural inclinations in your favour. Here’s what digitally inclined peeps should know in this regard.
- Know how to be an upright social citizen.
- Know how to master time management, even amid distractions.
- Know how to identify niches.
- Know how to capitalise on your natural inclinations.
- Know how to make the most of opportunities.
- Know thyself – natural inclinations, interests, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.
Rules of engagement
Even if you have the digital know and can navigate comfortably in this terrain, you need first to know and master the rules of engagement. For example, posting nudies and profane posts on your social media pages may have a negative effect when you are job hunting and interested in money matters. That’s because employers and recruitment agencies may deploy online background searches before hiring you.
- Know your gig’s social media policy – and what that’s got to do with you.
- Know how to express yourself without hate speech, profanity, rudeness…etc.
- Know how to deal with trolls and where to report them, without stooping beneath your level.
- Know which actions, bots and tools can get you temporarily or permanently kicked out of digital platforms.
- Know how to have fun, without plagiarising or stealing other people’s intellectual properties without due credits.
- Know the appropriate times to email, chat or call.
Taking over the world
Okay, perhaps taking over the world is a bit of an exaggeration, but in the end, you may want to leave an infallible mark on society. Perhaps your contribution will be inventing something the world does not even know we need, coming up with the next “Facebook”, being an entrepreneur who employs a couple of peeps in your community, or simply being the best worker that your prospective employer has ever seen. To reach those dreams, here’s what you’ve first got to harness.
- Know how to identify experts in a group.
- Know the channels of escalation – whether you need help or want to complain.
- Know how to express yourself accordingly to different audiences in formal and informal communication.
- Know how to pitch your startup ideas on crowdfunding sites effectively.
- Know which are the best mediums for that which you want to accomplish.
- Know how to communicate with authority and be taken seriously.
- Know how to sift through real news vs. fake news.
- Know how and where to sharpen your ideas.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, the digital space is meaningless if you don’t know how to apply yourself, talents, lifestyle, interests and skills to make them work for you. As an aspiring thought leader and future captain of industry; you’ve got to harness your knowledge and use it for your advantage. Many peeps can see the ordinary, but you need to train your mind to think of solutions and strategies to revolutionise the very essence of humanity. Go for it – be digitally inclinced! You’ve got this!