Networking is a necessity for many individuals who are hoping to get their talents noticed, and without the right contacts being made it can be all too easy for skills to simply go to waste. Making the right links can play a pivotal role in finding a job, opening doors and launching careers, and many people have found the internet has helped them to create relationships that may not have been possible without it.
Making Connections Early
LinkedIn has added a new facility to its US service branded University Pages, allowing users to start making useful connections on the service even whilst they are at school. University Pages is to be opened up students as young as 14 and start interacting right away. The service launches in September and LinkedIn’s Christina Allen says that she expects it to become an indispensable tool, stating “we believe University Pages will be especially valuable for students making their first, big decision about where to attend college.”
Preparation for College and University
University Pages will allow users to ask questions to current and past students of their educational establishments, and see how former members of their school or college have progressed over the years. It is hoped that this will not only help to prepare them for life after education but to start making connections with influential figures at an earlier stage. Allen says that the new service will enable high school students to attain a much greater understanding of their career options, giving themselves a head start on those who fail to act early. Facilities allow alumni to connect with current students and vice versa. Two hundred universities now have pages on the service, with the service being expected to roll out to more and more schools and colleges as the weeks progress. It is hoped that the new service will make the approach of choosing a university far less daunting.