Creating a digital portfolio and building a professional network is something every student should begin to do before graduating high school or university.
LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members,provides everyone an opportunity to develop a digital portfolio and a professional learning network. Students get a chance to meet influential people in their field while they are still in school, and each of these individuals can easily become a part of a student’s professional learning network. Furthermore, LinkedIn not only allows someone to build a valuable network, the platform provides a digital space accessible to anyone from their personal computer to bring experiences and stories to life. It allows users to attach a variety of file types and links to directly connect the audience with the projects, stories, and work that an individual has created. Even more so, LinkedIn is a platform to write articles and participate in discussions with other like-minded professionals, giving students easy access to a community that will further enhance their professional network..
To complement their platform, LinkedIn introduced LinkedIn Students. This new app helps students learn more about careers related to their major, discover where alumni may be working, and ultimately allows them to discover new opportunities. Furthermore, to maximize how students can use the platform, LinkedIn even created a Student Job Hunting Handbook series.
While many other platforms allow you to create a website and highlight your work, LinkedIn is one of the few places that brings together the opportunity to showcase your work and be part of a professional learning network.
Through creating a digital portfolio and professional learning network with LinkedIn, all of our students can have a platform that serves as a spotlight on who they are beyond the measurements we often use to categorize them. No longer should students be limited to the options on a job board, but they should be empowered to create a presence that allows them to find and be found. They don’t have to wait to hear back from applying for a position, because they can identify the position they want based on their connections and experience.