Use Linkedin to find a major—but don’t just pick one

Linkedin is a site young adults use to become something better.

They set a trajectory for their career, connect with valuable people in their field, and work on defining their mission in the business world. It’s a pretty sweet way to get where you wanna go after college.

Now Linkedin wants future and current college students to use Linkedin Edu

As more and more people get on Linkedin, the site is able to map out where all these people work, where they went to school, and what skills they developed to get their job. The idea is, if you want to be an Event Coordinator living in Portland, Oregon, Linkedin will tell you what schools will most effectively get you there.

But while you (the soon-to-be high school graduate) may feel mature enough to fill those shoes, I’m here to tell you to slow down.

Looking at all this data can lead to a healthy dose of aspiration—but deciding to plot your course this early is a poor movie.

What we suggest is that you look at all that’s possible, without making any decisions. Instead of finding one perfect career route, pick three different jobs that fall under three different majors. Actually, make it five. If you can.

This will not only help you find the right school, but it will equip you with a wide view of the professional landscape. By senior year you will have confidently narrowed those 3-5 options down to one—which is when you will work to define your badass business identity. 

Academic Matters College Advice Prepare for College

You don't want to take the wrong classes. You don't want to pick the wrong major. You want to graduate. You want to get a good job. You want peace.

It’s OK. Breathe.

Don't try to be someone you’re not—college interviewers are turned off by insincerity.

The college admissions process can look pretty daunting. The thought of having some stranger in a university office poring over your academic past, then making a decision that could impact the next two to four (or more) years of your life is enough to make anyone nervous.

8 Surprising Things You Can Do While Attending College That’ll Help You Get a Job When You Get Out (but have nothing to do with academics).

Here are 17 Sites to help you get the inside scoop on colleges and the towns those colleges are in.

Freshmen make mistakes. Lots of them. But other people's experiences can help you avoid a few. 

Ask an upperclassman or college graduate what words they associate with “freshman” and we guarantee you that “clueless” shows up near the top of the list. It’s not the freshman’s fault. For the most part, going to college is a totally new experience. And having new experiences means making a whole bunch of new mistakes.

You're set to go on your college visit... here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of it.

Getting your college degree online sounds like every student’s dream. You can go to class whenever you want, wherever you want. No worries about parking, dorms, or schlepping a backpack full of books around campus. Instead of adapting to college, college adapts to you…on your own terms.

But we have to warn you: online learning isn’t for everyone.

Maybe you’ve heard about this whole “online college” thing. Maybe you’re thinking it might be a good option for you. It could be. Research has shown that you’ll learn just as well (and as much) taking classes online versus taking them in-person on campus. But there’s a big “if.” The same research shows that online learning might not be the right way to go for everyone. Is an online education right for you? Ask yourself a few questions...