The competition in the job market has only grown more intense over the years with the addition of social media sites such as LinkedIn; an early understanding of what employers are looking for and the training involved can only help. College students are being encouraged to network early and showcase any school projects and extracurricular activities that may give them an advantage after graduation but it seems that isn’t early enough anymore. LinkedIn announced the addition of University Pages launching today with a focus on high school students.
Christina Allen explains the idea behind the pages in a blog post earlier this morning.
“… hidden in millions of member profiles were powerful insights about the career outcomes of educations from universities around the world. If harnessed, these insights could provide incredible value for students – helping them explore possible futures and build a support network to help them succeed on campus and beyond.”
The pages include incites on where alumni work and what kind of work they do, allowing students to compare their own interests and see where it will take them. The pages also provide general information about the school, financial aid information and contact information. Additionally related articles and information on summer internships can also be found.
Beginning September 13, students as young as 13 will be able to join LinkedIn and start accessing the University Pages to research colleges, talk to current students and alumni and make an informed decision on the right college for them whether it is stateside or worldwide. They will be able to get a head start on networking, making friends and taking some of the pressure off of choosing a college that will line up with their goals and ambitions.
The pages were not exclusively created for high school students but also let current students and alumni connect and network. Current students will find updates on campus news and activities and alumni can reconnect with those friends they lost touch with.
200 universities currently have their own University page and LinkedIn will be opening the site up to 1000s more in coming weeks.