We all start thinking about what it is we want to be when we grow up at a young age, playing pretend with our neighborhood friends. Today we are a chef, tomorrow we can be policeman, we can own our own store, or we can all be teachers! Throughout our lives we go from pretending to practicing – finding our interests one by one and determining what we can do that centers around who we are as an individual.
As we get closer to the end of our high school career and near college, that decision becomes more prominent and much more real. At this point we start to determine what our major might be once we get to college. Yes, there’s time. As we weed through a few General Ed classes that we are sure everyone has to take, we still have time to decide; But Math and Science, as general as it may seem, have many choices. Which do you take if you want to go into Marketing and Business? Which Science do you focus on if you want to be a Nurse or a Doctor? These classes start to be important even in the first year of school.
Networking with other’s in the business can help a student plan for their future. The right network can offer suggestions on courses to take in college or even offer internships to open up students to opportunities to learn in their intended workplace for college credit.
LinkedIn is now helping these students start that process as early as high school with their new LinkedIn University Pages – a new product launching this week.
These pages are not designed to be used exclusively by high school students. However, high school and college students alike will find the content especially useful. Starting September 13, students age 14 and up in the United States will be able to sign up for LinkedIn, create a profile and interact with University pages as they desire.
“We believe University Pages will be especially valuable for students making their first, big decisions about where to attend college,” says LinkedIn’s Christina Allen. The new pages allow students to network with school’s they are considering, ask current students and alumni questions regarding the school or a certain program, and explore the career path of graduates from the University to gain perspective on what to expect during their program as well as after receiving their degree. “[High school students] can use LinkedIn to explore schools worldwide, greatly expand their understanding of the careers available, and get a head start on building a network of family and friends to help guide them at every milestone,” says Allen.
Each University Page has the opportunity to highlight notable alumni from their school and offer a place for students to connect with alumni as well as for alumni to connect with each other and find old classmates.
Two hundred universities have already created University Pages with LinkedIn, with thousands more being given access to their pages within coming weeks.
What do you think about LinkedIn University Pages? Is this a tool you might use? Let us know your thoughts as a comment below!
SAT Preparation Group advises in test prep, college planning, and success strategies for teens. Call Us Today at 877-672-8773 or click here for a free consultation.