LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool is a hugely powerful resource for researching careers and expanding your network. It allows you to find graduates in specific subjects from Universities across the globe to see who they work for, the types of jobs they do and the skills they have.
You can access the tool at www.linkedin.com/alumni and, providing you have ‘University of Exeter’ listed in your Education, it will default to the 60,000 results for Exeter graduates. These are organised by:
- the dates the attended university
- where they currently live
- who they work for
- what type of job they do
- what subject they studied
- what they are skilled at, and
- how your are connected to them
Filter these results by clicking on the various categories and they will alter in real-time. Underneath the graph you’ll be able to see links to the profiles of your search results.
So how can you use this information?
- Supposing you’re studying History and you have no idea what you want to do when you graduate. The Alumni Tool allows you to view the current occupation of 4,126 University of Exeter History graduates – not a bad place to kick-off researching what you can do with a History degree!
- Maybe you’ve heard that HSBC are an amazing employer – select HSBC from the ‘Where they work’ tab and you’ll see the types of jobs that 122 Exeter alumni are working in at HSBC right now. You could connect with some of them – make a friendly approach and ask them what it’s really like working there or if they have any tips for getting your foot in the door. You’ll also be able to view their profiles and see their skills-set and work history, so you can gather a pretty good idea of what HSBC might be looking for in applicants.
- Or perhaps you have outstanding Social Media skills and want to see where you can put them to good use. Search for ‘Social Media’ from the skills menu and see the types of jobs and companies where these skills are relevant.
If you haven’t done so already we suggest you create a LinkedIn profile now.
Web Marketing Officer at the University of Exeter