There is an article out today in “US News & World Report” about LinkedIn and college admissions. Authored by Menachem Wecker, the article discusses a new feature on LinkedIn in which folks can endorse the skills of others. For instance, if you think that a former employee was a very good programmer, you can endorse that former employee on LinkedIn as a skilled programmer. Apparently, according to the “US News & World Report” article, users can add up to 50 skills on their LinkedIn profiles.
The Founder of Ivy Coach, Bev Taylor, is quoted in the article with regard to the value of this new feature in highly selective college admissions. And by value, we mean valueless because this new feature will have no impact on highly selective college admissions. LinkedIn is for job seekers. It’s for folks who work. It’s not for teenagers who babysit on a summer evening or lifeguard at the local YMCA. Endorsements of skills on LinkedIn are as meaningless to college admissions counselors as an endorsement from your state’s senator who has never met you. That doesn’t impress college admissions counselors and, in fact, can hurt your candidacy. Just think about it from the perspective of a college admissions counselor: “This kid thought I’d be impressed by an endorsement from Scott Brown? Has Scott Brown even met this kid? No.” Oy vey. So don’t do that.
You don’t need to have a LinkedIn profile as a high school student. What kinds of experiences are you going to list…that you’re a member of Key Club? Give us a break. LinkedIn is for the working world. It has nothing to do with college admissions and that’s the end of the story.
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