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Great article Evan!
Andrew, certainly a valid point--LinkedIn's newest offering should not be judged by what we all must assume is a v1. That said, I think Evan's main argument is important. This is a new audience for LI, which has a number of highly unique needs that have yet to be addressed by any platform, but which technology now more than ever provides an opportunity to tackle. Students lie at a crossroads needing skills and direction to succeed, but also professional experimentation and discovery to understand longterm career fit.
Even the most pre-professional students who actively engage their career center and other resources, often miss the mark and spend multiple years in careers/companies that are clearly not a good fit. Meanwhile other students can't connect the dots that lead them to their ideal profession even if it is not far out of reach. This is bad for the students, for the companies, and creates market inefficiencies that slow the economy.
Ultimately, a solution that is most valuable to students would bridge the gap between classes, new online learning tools, mentorship, professional experience, and industry insights. It is unclear whether LinkedIn has the interest (or the ability) to approach this new audience in this way, but if someone does it can truly help level the playing field for students and tackle one of the nation's biggest problems, which is student unemployment and debt.
3 months, 1 week ago on LinkedIn’s youth movement a small step in the right direction
Solid post and points made by all the speakers in the video. One of the least talked about issues that deeply constrains change in education is the lingering importance of degrees for landing jobs. While what Sophia said is true, that most of what you need to be successful today can be learned online, no one has effectively married this knowledge to a resume or job application that allows employers to understand this and make the right hires. Ultimately, what needs to happen is a marriage of MOOCs and job sites, which will be a win for all parties.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on VIDEO: Peter Thiel, Brian Chesky and others weigh in on what’s wrong with education
Good story Michael and congrats Spencer on launching a great service. We see it thousands of times in the internship world in which students will take on one role and completely change their career path and coursework afterwards. Job decisions are incredibly complex and students (and adults) need all the help they can get. One of the biggest challenges is search and transition friction, in that people get stuck in a particular career and then have trouble envisioning themselves doing something different or starting again from the bottom. I wonder if there are ways for your service and others to help these transitions either with training, or by helping employers understand how certain employee skills can translate to a new field so that frictions are reduced.
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@zolihonig Great point Zoli -- I have noticed a huge number of teachers on G+ as well.
1 year, 2 months ago on Three Tips For a New Wave of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs
Great article San, I agree that the changes happening in the EdTech space are massive and creates great opportunities for startups. I think it is similar to what is happening in the B2B space and which gives what Aaron Levie describes as an unfair advantage to startups -- with teachers bringing new mobile devices, into their classrooms and heading online, startups actually have an advantage over big slow moving enterprise products that have traditionally dominated the space. One social network you didn't mention but which I also have heard is very popular among teachers is Pinterest -- just thought I'd add this in.
Thanks for the great article!