With college application season nearly upon us, LinkedIn just launched a bunch of new tools to help prospective students figure out where they should go to college and what they should study to get their dream jobs.
Here are some of the new resources:
Decision Boards give students a simple way to organise and share their thought process
The goal of Decision Boards is to give prospective students a place to organise their favourite potential school choices, with tools to help them “work the problem” from start to decision. They can add schools they’re considering, with notes about why. They can then share their boards with parents and advisors, who can add their own notes.
Boards will also allow students to connect with others who are interested in the same universities, so they can potentially connect and discuss their thoughts.
University Outcome Rankings let students filter schools based on their dream jobs, by seeing which have the most alumni in that field
LinkedIn analysed millions of alumni profiles to find out how thousands of schools stack up across a variety of careers. Students can search by a variety of professions — like designer, investment banker, software developer, media professional, or marketer — to see which schools rank highest, based on how successful their recent graduates have been at landing good jobs. LinkedIn will be launching more categories and countries to search over time.
University Finder lets students be even more specific about where they want to end up
Using interactive graphs, students can explore a possible career outcome by entering what they want to study, where they want to work, and where they eventually want to live. For example, one could enter: “I’d like to study engineering, then work at Google and live in the SF Bay Area” and the school results would update accordingly.
Field Of Study Explorer helps students realise that each major can lead to a wide variety of career outcomes
Getting a degree in fine arts doesn’t mean you won’t get a job. Field Of Study Explorer shows students how many LinkedIn members studied any given major at their university, and what they ended up doing and where.