Staying Professional on Social Media: SASC Guidance Paper published

1 August 2022

Read SASC's latest guidance about maintaining professional standards on Social Media.
Social media can be a powerful tool in your professional life.

In the field of assessment, teaching and tuition, social media forums can provide a useful place to pick up tips, stay abreast of current developments and research, and exchange ideas and information. Contributing to discussions by offering helpful advice or insights from practice is a great way to connect with others. If you are self-employed, you can use it to develop a network and establish yourself as a trusted service supplier in your local area and specialist field.

Social media can also be full of pitfalls. Some employers and recruiters now regularly check candidates' social media profiles before employing them, and screenshots of status updates, tweets, ‘likes' and information posted, mean your electronic words can live forever, even if you delete them later.

Before posting online STOP and ask yourself:

  • Might your post reflect poorly on you or your profession?
  • Is your intention to post driven by personal or professional reasons?
  • Are you confident that your comments or other media posted, if accessed by others, would be considered reasonable and appropriate?

Social Media can be full of pitfalls.

Read the full SASC Guidance on Social Media which can be downloaded below. 

Staying Professional on Social Media

Social media can be a powerful tool in your professional life.