LinkedIn University Pages Offer Best Value For The College Bound

Launched on August 19, LinkedIn University Pages offer students the ability to take a peep into a possible future, and even touch it in some manner. It will teach youngsters the art of networking, and show them how to connect and ‘engage’ with people at a younger age. This feature promises to offer a wealth of insights based on the large amount of data LinkedIn has from its members. College aspirants can work backwards from their chosen career path to find which colleges are best for their profession. Or they can even work backwards from a job title and figure out what they should study and where in order to be Product Manager at Microsoft. And that is just one of the advantages of LinkedIn University Pages.

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How will LinkedIn University Pages help students?

Join the Conversation

Students can get regular updates from the university about what is happening and engage with alumni and people on campus.

University websites offer detailed information about every college and course offered for prospective students. Class and faculty pages give a deep insight into what a certain degree entails, right from what is required curriculum and what is an option. Forums and student organizations provide opportunities to network.

However, the LinkedIn University Page will provide a single interface to converse with alumni, current students as well as staff. This can point the student in the right direction, and allow them to take the conversation forward with the right person.

Explore Universities worldwide

Global reach and insights

Students the world over have relied on sources like US News and Princeton Review for decades to get in depth statistics and analysis on universities, right from tuition, acceptance rates, GPA needed to demographic break up. Take it from someone who’s done it before the advent of social media.

However, students needed guidance to know what to look for. LinkedIn University pages highlight a university’s strengths and show you at a glance what they are good for.

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The pictures show you the typical fields each university’s alumni work in. So it is obvious that Yale is a good choice for anyone looking for a career in communication, law or creative arts, while UC Berkely is a good choice if you are inclined toward technology.

This might seem like ‘general knowledge’ to some, but how obvious is it to a 15 year old?

Check out notable Alumni

Pick your role model and check where they went to school.

Most famous personalities have a lot more going for them than just their alma mater. So while T. Boone Pickens is an alumnus of my university, every person going to Oklahoma State University cannot achieve what Mr. Pickens did.

On the other hand, students can check if alumni of a certain university work in a specific company. A Bay Area company might hire more on the West coast, whereas Walmart might hire more from the south or central region.

Expand opportunities

Where can your degree get you? Check profiles that have your degree.

Experienced people (like parents) who have been around might tell you that your basic education doesn’t always matter in what you end up doing. But the power of the LinkedIn data warehouse and the intuitive insights they offer can help you get information about what people getting a certain degree typically end up doing, and where they end up working.

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The images show what people who studied Social Sciences at the University of Michigan do, and where they work.

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Choosing Engineering at the same university yields different results.

Build your network

Connect with future classmates

Meeting other students who are thinking of choosing a certain program, and hashing out its merits with them can be really useful, and can give you a leg up on choosing that roommate. You can meet people from out of state or even another country, and break the ice before you meet in person.

By introducing University Pages, LinkedIn is obviously targeting an even younger, more impressionable demographic – high school students! This WSJ post by Brian R. Fitzgerald sums it up –

LinkedIn is going after the career-minded crowd before they’ve figured out their careers.

The information offered will largely depend on what is provided by the universities themselves and data obtained from LinkedIn members. The accuracy of the picture presented will depend on how many graduates from a certain school have a LinkedIn profile.

Do you think LinkedIn University Pages can become the go-to source of advice for students seeking higher education?

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