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Sep 03, 2013
LinkedIn is known for its ability to connect professionals from around the globe. Professionals realize that networking contributed much to where they are today. And if college grads seek advice for the future and what they should do now, many times the answer is "Network, network, network."
LinkedIn wants to help with this need to create a personal network. University students can now connect through university.linkedin.com. It was designed to be a social networking tool for prospective students and alumni, while also providing a source of relevant updates for current students.
This social network:
1. Helps students better research prospective universities and answers any questions they may have.
2. Allows students to directly engage with other students.
3. Helps students build a network of current and past students.
4. Updates students on campus activities and news.
5. Supplies info about internships and up-coming job offers.
6. Connects alumni and gives updates on their alma mater.
7. Allows alumni to connect with new students and guide them in their endeavors, give job market information, and be a mentor.
Many students and professionals will make connections through this network that can bring about great success in professional careers. LinkedIn stated "they would lower the minimum age for members from 18 to 14 in the U.S." to give younger students a chance to begin creating a professional network. However, students need to be aware of the dangers that lie in a social network.
LinkedIn has lowered the age for members. This means teens will be able to freely connect to adults sometimes double their age. They need to be cautious as they add other professionals. Don't trust anyone blindly.
Whatever teens post on any network becomes free information and can drastically influence their success in the future. Because this is a professional network, they should be extra careful when posting. Future employers will oftentimes look at this network to determine if they are a good candidate.
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