Incorporating self- reflection on your own journey will provide a demonstration of effective communication skills. Employers will expect future employees to not only communicate effectively, but they need to possess the ability to express their ideas through the use of a variety of media. Why you might ask? Because communication technologies are evolving at a pace that is unparalleled in history. Consider for a moment how communication techniques have changed dramatically over time.
- 1990 - Search Engines
- 1994 – Wikis created by Ward Cunningham
- 1996 – Instant Messaging
- 2002 – Social Networking started with Friendster, then MySpace followed by Facebook.
- 2006 – Microblogging was initiated with Twitter
- 2010 - Pinterest introduced an image "pin board" with access by invitation only until 2012 when the Social Media provider skyrocketed to third place behind Facebook and Twitter.
- 2010 - Apple introduced Instagram an online photo-sharing and social networking service named for the similar format to the Kodak Instamatic Camera.
- 2011 – Online Content Collaboration requires a combination of web design, social networking, and word processing.
Check out this YouTube video that illustrates the History of Social Media: A Timeline over 2 Decades (3:07 minutes). The video and the list above only highlights the major forms of social media that have evolved, but it is clearly evident that new channels of communication are evolving rapidly. Future graduates from our academic programs will need to demonstrate their ability to write clearly and utilize the latest forms of communication to convey information to the customers of the future. How will you demonstrate your communication skills and the effective utilization of the current channels of communication? How will you infuse your personality and professional skills through your eportfolio? Check back for further information on infusing your voice and demonstrating your skills in your eportfolio.