When it comes to career preparedness, I always believe the earlier the better. If I were a parent of teenagers, I would be glad to see my kids “hanging out” on LinkedIn. The university pages can be very helpful to teenagers when they need to make an informed decision about majors and colleges. Besides verified university pages, teenagers and college students can also check out pages for their dream employers and get a feeling of the organizational culture. The more they know about their dream employers, the better they will understand the employers’ expectations, which will help them make a better plan for their career.
If I were an admission officer in a university or a recruiter for a company, I would also be glad to talk to a teenager on LinkedIn or just any social networking sites. While students need to make informed decisions, universities and companies also need to assess the “fit” between the candidates and the job/organization. Many universities and companies have already been actively engaging with the candidates on other social networking sites, why not on LinkedIn as well?
Besides these two, what other changes do you see on LinkedIn? What is your experience with the changes? Please share your experience and thoughts with us.