Linkedin just announced some new updates which should help students get ahead of the game with getting the most from LinkedIn. Some of the key items of the new profile sections for students include projects, organisations and scores.

So if you’re standing out in school, either academically or via other ways you contribute, now you can share that much more easily on LinkedIn.

It’s a win for linkedin

  • Linkedin have a much clearer reason foe students to join from the get-go. A little like joining your bank and staying there for life, it makes it easier for students to get benefit earlier in their career which should translate to continued updates and value to staying with, and actively using linkedin
  • it shows that they are constantly looking at more ways to add value in the professional networking space.

Its a win for students

  • start your professional footprint online much easier
  • additional tool alongside your cv/ resume
  • shows you as up to date in your career management and makes it easier for potential employers to find you
  • a credible place to direct your profile online, allowing you to lock down facebook to those you choose to let in
  • start building a professional network much sooner
  • Showcase your strengths as they apply today

I like that LinkedIn seems constantly to be looking for new ways to add more value to their users. It’s good sense, both for the end user, and for them as a business. It reminds me of the model that banks use to offer great deals for students, in the knowledge that usually banking decisions you make as a student, you’ll continue with (unless you have a very poor experience!).

We want to stay with, and trust, the organisations we place our trust and relationships with. By enabling students to connect their experiences earlier in their careers, it’s clear that the hope is that will enable more relationships to be nurtured over time.

It should also set students up for success as they transition out of the world of being a student, into the world of first work experience, summer schemes, and finally into their careers.

Many students won’t know straight away what their career choice will be. But by building out a professional network early on, it’s easier by far to keep track of those early relationships and skills that you may miss when you start counting with your first, full time job.