LinkedIn Launches University Pages

The Professional social networking site LinkedIn on August 19 launched a new product called University Pages. Announcing the new product, Christina Allen, Director, Product Management, said in a blog post, “one cornerstone of our strategy to help students at every critical milestone from campus to fulfilling, successful careers”.

Beginning September 12, LinkedIn will be available to high school students who can use LinkedIn to explore schools worldwide, greatly expand their understanding of the careers available, and get a head start on building a network of family and friends to help guide them at every milestone.

LinkedIn has already entered into an alliance with more than 200 colleges and universities on University Pages. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) will be the first Indian school to own a page on LinkedIn university pages. LinkedIn expects to have thousands more “coming soon” online.

Each institution has its own dedicated page, providing an outlet for information about the schools and what they have to offer.

For the new product, LinkedIn is dropping the minimum age of the site in the U.S. to 14 from 18. In other countries, kids as young as 13 can create an account.

What the new product will offer

Join the conversation: University Pages are a great place to get regular updates about campus news and activities from the schools themselves, to ask questions, and engage with both the campus community and alumni of schools.

Explore universities worldwide: Interested in graduate schools in France? Start by searching for schools in Paris. Then, explore the careers of graduates to see which schools will get you to your goal. Connect with students or alumni for their perspectives on the school.

Check out notable alumni: What kinds of leaders does this school produce? From astronauts to architects, executives to entertainers, explore the notable alumni who have done great things since graduation.

Expand your opportunities: Are you choosing a major or considering a mid-career shift? Explore the careers of philosophy or physics graduates. You might be surprised at the diverse professional paths they’ve taken. See where they live and work, what they do, and even the skills they’ve acquired along the way to see what’s possible for you.

Build your network: Transform those brilliant, creative, hard-working people you met (or will meet) on campus into a lifelong professional network. Alumni can reconnect with former classmates, and students can cement relationships with current and future classmates.

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