LinkedIn Students retools with simpler UI, different mission
Hey college kids! If you’re a little late to the whole “finding your first big job” thing, you still have a lot of resources available to you. But if you’re not going to deal with the counselor and if all the job sites get a little heavy on the mind, LinkedIn‘s hoping to simplify things for you with its new app.
It’s called LinkedIn Students and VentureBeat had a test run inside it. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, all you need to do is drop in your current school, major and expected graduation date.
From there, you’ll get several cards, each with their own bits of information. The first one will usually suggest a profession for you to get into and give you a cheat sheet into the income you can expect, the skills and duties you need and assorted jobs and alumni you can connect with.
Other cards will point out a specific company or job you might be able to fit into as well as recent alumni contacts and some curated third-party articles to get you excited. Some 500 articles are already up from companies and “influencers” with more expected soon.
There’s an “extra credit” section where students can build out their profiles with projects, extracurriculars and other resume goodies. Schools can list job fairs while companies can place sponsored articles into this section.
LinkedIn’s focus in this app has been pared down from updating professional colleagues on your major achievements to searching for an appropriate field to start building a network in. As LinkedIn is pushing this new app, it has shut down its LinkedIn High Education portal.
LinkedIn Students is on the App Store and the Play Store in the US with an international roll-out later this year.