By Ada Yu
LinkedIn is now for students like you.
You’ve done some great stuff – both in and out of school. LinkedIn can help you show that to the world. And as you make big decisions about college and your future career, we can help you explore all the amazing possibilities.
Whether it’s choosing a school, picking a major, or thinking about jobs, LinkedIn is the place to be. It’s your resume that never sleeps, a way for colleges and companies to find you, a tool to see career paths of graduates, and a place to talk to schools, current students, and alumni.
Here’s how to get started.
Tell Your Story
Colleges and employers are on LinkedIn. Want to stand out with them? You’ll need to build a professional online identity.
Your LinkedIn profile is the starting point. Make sure you have an appropriate profile picture, write a concise headline, and show off all of your experience – from volunteering and extracurricular activities, to part-time or full-time jobs and internships.
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It’s Not Just What You Know, It’s Who You Know
Use LinkedIn to build a network so it’s there when you need it.
Think broadly about who to connect with. It’s not just about your friends or colleagues – it’s also about people who’ve walked in your shoes: Family, friends of your parents, teachers, mentors, and managers. They want to help. They can suggest schools, tell you about their career paths, or connect you to a great internship.
And remember to personalize your requests to connect!
See What’s Possible
LinkedIn is a great place to learn – about schools, industries, and interesting paths from campus to career.
Explore our new University Pages to learn about schools – see notable alumni and the career paths that graduates have taken to see if it’s a good fit for you. Follow the conversation on University Pages – or join in and ask questions.
Many students join LinkedIn Groups for “virtual internships” – to learn about the interests and skills of experts in different industries – and see if it’s something they want to pursue. Groups are also helpful in making connections in your future field. Our Influencers and News Channels are great sources of inspiration and insight from leaders in many areas – and can help you find your own path. And when the time comes to find that dream internship or entry-level job, LinkedIn’s Student Job Portal will give you easy access to opportunities at some of the best companies worldwide to help with your search.
Check out our teen safety center for more info on getting started on LinkedIn.
Your future awaits! LinkedIn can help you picture it – and get there.