Introductions We are going to be showing you 7 ways that you might use LinkedIn on your courses with your students
Reflect To create a good LinkedIn profile - just as for writing an effective CV - students need to reflect on all aspects of their life and their activities, to identify what strengths and skills they have, and their personal qualities and attributes This can be done from the first year - and can easily be built on and developed throughout a degree course We know of staff who will be encouraging their first years to create a profile in the first year - as they see this as more motivating for students than CV writing...
Connect We recommend that - once they have created a strong profile - students connect with people they know - their first connections. LinkedIn has changed recently, and it is now difficult to connect with people you don't know. Why connect? To follow up when you have met someone - maybe at a conference or an event To build contacts who you may wish to approach in the future - to build knowledge of an industry, to seek possible work experience
Find alumni - here's how
Why might you find alumni .for speakers to come and talk to your students, and attend events .as case studies for your students - for ideas/motivation
Many courses have facebook groups. You can also create LinkedIn groups for a course, which could remain open to students once they graduate - for discussion, peer support and advice. It could potentially be open externally, to professionals in the industry, or a private group? This would require students to have a profile.
LinkedIn has a very flexible search function. You can search for individuals, companies, job roles... here, I searched for something fairly specific - and came up with a number of local organisations. LinkedIn will tell you the size of the organisation, and
The Jobs tool gives quick access to a wide variety of vacancies - which can be used for practice applications, as well as to give students a picture of the job market. It is a source of vacancies regionally, nationally and internationally. The student jobs portal provides graduate-level roles.
LinkedIn - reflect and connect
Reflect and Connect
Careers and Employment
Careers and Employment
Drop-in/One to one appointments
Are You LinkedIn? - workshops
Tailored sessions/materials for your