Mention the words social network, Facebook or Twitter and most, if not all school administrators will brush this off as a nuisance and distraction. But, here is one that means business. And, while it is popular among professionals in industry and business, there is great potential for its use in education. In this article, we look at how the education sector can benefit from using LinkedIn and what are its educational values are?
30 Reasons Why Educators and Students Should Use LinkedIn
Teachers, professors and anyone in the Academia should take advantage of the huge benefits that LinkedIn offers. This networking website has over 200 million users and includes Chief Executives of Fortune 500 companies. Right now this is one of the best ways for educators to network with professionals in their field and enhance their career.
What is LinkedIn?
Founded in December 2002 and then launched in May 2003, LinkedIn is not just another social media platform. It differs from other social networks as it focuses on people in professional capacity from the business, industry and public sector. It is reported that as of January 2013, LinkedIn has over 200 millions visitors from over 200 countries and territories.
Benefits of Using LinkedIn
- Establish your professional profile and control one of the top search results for your name
- Showcase your skills, knowledge, experience including projects you have worked on or currently working on
- Build and maintain a broader network of professionals with those inside and outside of your industry with people you can trust
- Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates and endorse or recommend each other
- Learn about other companies (schools and Institutions) through Company (or Organisation) Pages on LinkedIn
- Leverage powerful tools to find and reach the people you need in or outside of your field
- Tap into the knowledge of your network and collaborate people with the right experience and skills
- Discover new opportunities for collaboration, joint working, research, partnership and more.
- Expand their network particularly with others in the teaching and learning profession
- Get recommendations and endorsements from people you trust
- Cheap and effective way to relay information to parents and carers about upcoming events
- Reach out to busy parents whom are unable to come to school and engage them in a more proactive and professional way
- Create an Alumni group for your school on LinkedIn to get ex-students to join and get new
- Look for funding or people to support your school’s charity drive, reach out to your network
- Form partnership with other schools local or international
- Reach out to other communities in your area, local businesses and organisations
- Enhance your education career, give yourself better career options and knowing what is out there
- Connect and collaborate with other teachers, working together, sharing best practices and exchange notes
- Learn about the different career options that are out there
- Read up about companies operating in their field of study, potential employers, their background and history
- Study the details of job specification, role requirement for vacancies for the type of skills the industry is after
- For graduates, put yourself out there by completing you Profile page on LinkedIn as this will act as your resume
- And find the job you want by setting up job alerts
- Connect with others in your field of study, network and ask the right questions to find out more about working for certain companies
- Access the Student portal for college student internship and jobs for graduates, according to LinkedIn, over 200,000 college students sign up to their network every month
- Connect with your friends after leaving school, college or university and continue to keep in touch
- Look for mentors on LinkedIn especially in your field to help you with your career
- Connect with your teachers or lecturers and get them to endorse and recommend you, they can be called upon to give a reference later when you are considered for employment
- Give yourself more exposure by participating in groups and posting questions
- Opportunity to work abroad with multi-national companies hiring on LinkedIn
Students, college or university graduates will want to look at completing their LinkedIn profile as best they can. Once this is ready, start making an effort to network with people in your field and make a good impression.
- It’s free, the only investment is your time
- It’s one of the largest network of professionals
- It means business, companies set up their pages on LinkedIn and list job openings there
- It’s focused, you can start your own group or join other groups in your area of expertise or business
- It’s a great way to network with like minded individuals or others in your industry
You can find more tips on using LinkedIn as a student and making it count on ‘48 Essential LinkedIn Tips Your Teachers Won’t Tell You‘
Let’s Get It
- If you haven’t already signed up, set up your account at www.linkedin.com
- Create your profile, do your research and look up profiles belonging to people in your field or currently holding a position you are aiming to get, learn about the specific traits and skills you need
- Use professional and business focused language
- Search and start adding connections in your industry
- Join groups in your subject of studies
- You can also start your own group for your school, faculty, or graduate year group
- Formulate questions that you would ask individuals or groups and be willing to share your knowledge and expertise in return
- Look for LinkedIn events that interests you and start taking relationship offline and connect in the real world
- Synchronise your LinkedIn account with Twitter
Author: Samuel J. Tan
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