Start Mapping Your Career With LinkedIn Alumni

January 30, 2013

Whether you’re a current college student, a prospective student, or a recent graduate, you know that your educational choices – where you go to school and what you study – have a big impact on your future career.

Gathered from the profiles of more than 200 million members, LinkedIn’s Alumni tool helps you explore alumni career paths from more than 22,000 colleges and universities worldwide – and build relationships that can help you along the way

Check out Explore your own school or any other (using the “change schools” button) to see where graduates live, the organizations they work for, and the types of jobs they pursue. You can also change the dates to track careers of specific graduating classes.

And we just added some new features: You can now explore alumni careers based on what they studied, their top skills, and how you are connected on LinkedIn. All the graphs are interactive, just click on the bars to drill down to the specific careers most interesting to you.

Choosing a college or graduate program? Let’s say your dream is to design aircraft or automobiles after you graduate. Use the Alumni tool to see which schools place graduates in careers most aligned with your professional goals. Search for a school, select the field of study most relevant to you, and you’ll get a top 25 list of companies that have hired graduates from the selected school. Under the facets, you’ll see the individual graduates whose careers match your goals. Click on their names to see the career paths they took from school to their current position.

1.Browse schools, 2. Find an interesting major, 3. See where those alumni are working now

Choosing a major? Can’t decide between a major in Marketing or Finance? Psychology or Sociology? Compare the careers of graduates from different majors using the “What they studied” facets. From there you can see which career outcomes are most appealing to you. Or, is there something you’d love to study, but you’re afraid that it may not lead to a good job? Check it out in the Alumni tool – you might be surprised at the range of career opportunities out there, and the creative ways people with that major have applied their learning.

Where they live, Where they work, What they do

Starting your job hunt? Let’s say you dream of working for Google. Use the Alumni tool to find graduates of your school – and with your major – who work there now. Compare their skills to what you’ve learned to see how you stack up, and where you might need to bulk up. Reach out to them for an insider’s perspective about the company. We’ve found that most people want to help out fellow students and alumni, and are open to informational interviews. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door.

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Your education and internships are the fundamental building blocks of your career and your future. LinkedIn can help you make informed decisions at each critical educational and career milestone. Use the Alumni tool for powerful, personalized insights about the career possibilities based on your educational choices. Grow your LinkedIn network and engage with your connections to get help along the way. We’ve all been in your shoes. We’re delighted to be a part of your journey. LinkedIn Alumni tool is the place to start.