1. Be in charge of your online identity
Let’s face it, we all have those embarrassing Facebook photos or awkward flirty Tweets that we’d rather most people not see. Just think about how mortified you’d be if before that important job interview your interviewer had been scrolling through pictures of your first ever house party?
The first step to keeping control of your online identity is of course to make sure your privacy settings are as strong as possible – let’s keep those One Direction fan tweets off of Google, for example.
The second it to set up your own website, kind of like the online face you want to show to the world. Rather than social media where your friends can post and comment on your profile and pictures, your own website gives you full control.
Only include the pictures that make you look great. Only include the blog posts that make you look smart. That way when you walk into that job interview, your interviewer will have been looking at your highest achievements, not your shameful past.
2. Host your CV and impress employers
If you are on the lookout for your first job or worried about how soon your degree is coming to an end, your own website can also be the perfect place to include your CV. Printing CVs is pretty retro, but many employers will want to quickly check out your past experience and enthusiasm in the same way they see everything else – online.
Particularly today, employers are looking for graduates who stand out and go the extra mile, showing both digital and real world skills. What better way than to show that you have the skills needed for a job in the digital age?
3. Start an online business
Let’s face it, for most of us being a student means living life on the cheap. Scrimping and saving is alright for some, but some of us like the little luxuries in life like the occasional trip to GBK or getting the branded tomato soup.
One great way to make some extra money is to start your own business while you’re still at university. You could make money by tutoring first years around exam time, or by creating a useful app for your fellow students. Who knows, you could be the next Mark Zuckerburg. Either way you’ll make a bit of extra cash for the pub this weekend.
4. Become the king or queen of blogging
Your own website can also be the perfect place to start your own blog. The likes of Zoella started out by simply blogging about the things they were passionate about, and now they’re leading business empires.
Whether or not your blog gets to be as big as that, you certainly have nothing to lose. If you like writing and care about music, or fashion, or movies, or whatever, then share your thoughts with the world.
5. It’s easier than you might think!
Getting your own website of yourname.uk can seem daunting, but it’s actually way easier than you think. Once you’ve checked to see if your chosen name is available, you can have your website set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes.
So what are you waiting for? Start your own website today by registering your domain.