Will Wikileaks destroy your career prospects?

You might not have the same motives as Julian Assange in posting information about Wikileaks, but could that hurt your future job aspirations?

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs’ career center seems to think so.

In an email sent out last week, SIPA’s career center warned students to be cautious about posting anything related to the controversial release of government documents on their social network pages. An alumnus who works for the government cautioned the office, which in turned warned students.

However, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told The Huffington Post that they have not directed anyone other than employees on unclassified networks to not access the documents.

Mike Schaub, executive director Georgetown’s Career Education Center, wrote in an email that they have not warned students not to post the Wikileaks documents.

He confirmed that the State Department has not contacted their office to discourage the posting of the documents.

“However, this would be a good time to remind students to be thoughtful and judicious about their social media posts,” he wrote, continuing, “Students must keep in mind that employers are increasingly using social media to vet job candidates.”

After receiving flak from across the country, Columbia reversed their position on the issue, stating that the University is committed to freedom of speech and expression.

Photo: VentureBeat.com

2 Comments on “Will Wikileaks destroy your career prospects?

  1. Yes, a little late. Interesting that GW’s Elliott School sent a similar email. I’m happy with Georgetown’s silence, and agree with the Columbia prof quoted in Wired:

    “SIPA Professor Gary Sick, the prominent Middle East expert who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, went even further in repudiating the memo.

    “If anyone is a master’s student in international relations and they haven’t heard of WikiLeaks and gone looking for the documents that relate to their area of study, then they don’t deserve to be a graduate student in international relations,” Sick told Wired.com in an interview.”

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