5 Things LinkedIn Can Tell You About Colleges
Have you checked out LinkedIn? If not, now might be the time to take a look.
Last year, LinkedIn launched university pages on its site. Today you can use these pages to learn lots of career information about the graduates of colleges you’re considering. If you’re at least 14 years old, you can sign up to create a LinkedIn profile. Go to www.linkedin.com/edu to search for colleges on LinkedIn.
Here’s what LinkedIn can tell you about colleges and universities:
1. Where alumni are employed.
LinkedIn shows you a list of the top companies where a school’s graduates are employed (aka “Where They Work”) and the industry in which they work (aka “What They Do”). This can give you insight into what the most popular majors or programs are at a school.
For example, if LinkedIn’s “What They Do” data says Finance is in the top three, that college likely has a strong (or at least popular) business or finance major. Likewise, if Engineering is in the top three, it’s a good chance engineering is a top major at that school.
In addition, a “Where They Live” graph shows the cities where most alumni live, which can tell you what cities you might expect to get a job in once you graduate from that school.
2. What alumni studied.
Click on the Students & Alumni tab to get even more detailed info on alumni careers. Click on the left or right arrows to see more data, including a “What They Studied” section. This shows what majors were most popular at universities, based on information the college’s alumni on LinkedIn have provided.
Also, when you click on a specific area of study, LinkedIn pulls up profiles of alumni. You can browse through those profiles to see the types of career opportunities that might be available if you pursue that area of study, too.
Next to this section, is a “What They’re Skilled At” section, provides insight about skills the college’s curriculum emphasizes, such as communication or leadership.
3. What graduates really thought about the college.
Check the Recommendations tab to see recommendations from alumni. The recommendations may talk about specific programs and professors, and may even give advice on earning your degree or on what to do with your free time when you’re not studying. For example, one University of Colorado-Boulder recommendation advises students to take summer session courses to stay on track to graduate.
4. Notable alumni.
Each college listing also pulls a list of the school’s notable alumni. For example, Boston College’s page lists notable alumni such as John Fanning, founder and CEO of Napster.
5. College news.
Colleges have the opportunity to post information about the school, so you’ll see a Facebook-style news feed with news and updates from the college. You (and others) can like or comment on the posts. You’ll also see updates when the college gets new recommendations.