Posted by: crudbasher | October 4, 2010

LinkedIn Targets College Students With Career Path Data Visualizations

I think sometimes students take dumb classes in college.  Since they are not really paying for the classes out of pocket, they tend to experiment a bit.  It’s not unusual for students to not choose a major for a few years, or else change their major several times.  This new tool from LinkedIn might help.

Basically LinkedIn has analyzed the career paths of their members and found patterns.  Now they are rolling out a tool that a college student can use to visualize a career path based on what other members in that industry have done already.

This will help students make better choices in college and help them understand the ramifications of their choices.  Overall this might help more students graduate in 4 years rather than 5, therefore with lower overall costs.

This could be a very useful tool!

  • Interesting tool from LinkedIn

    tags: education highered career

    • Today, LinkedIn is launching a new data-focused feature, called LinkedIn Career Explorer, that provides college graduates with insights from other LinkedIn members to help them visualize a career path.
    • Career Explorer leverages data from the professional social network’s 80 million members to help students visualize and map successful career paths in a variety of industries. The product also shows college students job opportunities and salary information, the type of education and experience required, and will indentify people who can help them find these jobs.
    • Career Explorer is currently being rolled out to students at 60 universities in the U.S. and will eventually expanded to users from other educational institutions.

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  1. What a great idea! Very smart and will hopefully help students with some additional direction. Parents will be thrilled with the help as well 🙂

    • It actually amazes me that things like this aren’t more common. There are some serious databases floating around now.

      Good to see you Kelly! 🙂

  2. Yes! Why not utilize social media, which Gen Y spends a tremendous amount of time on, to help them achieve their educational goals. Hopefully this will help students learn more about their prescribed education path.

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