Year 12 LinkedIn Workshop

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet. It is used to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills needed to lead a successful career.

This week, our Year 12 students had the opportunity to engage in a LinkedIn workshop, run by Jo Saunders, a specialist in LinkedIn training and consulting.

With a community of over 28,000 followers on LinkedIn and a decade of experience working closely with organisations and individuals, the girls took this workshop with Jo as an opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

Jo discussed with students the purpose of LinkedIn and its benefits for young working professionals. Step by step, Jo walked the girls through how to create a LinkedIn profile that is tailored to their career goals and aspirations.  

In putting together this story, we also took the opportunity to chat with Sharnee Commins, Manager of Human Capital at Deloitte and Santa Maria parent.

Sharnee has a close relationship with the College, having spoken to both students and staff on the topic of career pathways, CV and cover letter writing, the importance of building a LinkedIn profile, and more.

Sharnee says, “Having a complete, up to date profile on LinkedIn, now more than ever is imperative to build your professional network. LinkedIn offers you the ability to share a live CV that includes all of your professional experience and achievements. It also allows you to engage with like-minded individuals to share thought leadership, engage in learning and connect across the globe with people who are influential and successful within across your industry and interests.”

Sharnee adds, “Recruiters and prospective employers use LinkedIn to follow people, view profiles and analyse your activity to better understand you before an interview or conversation. So, ensure that you have included all the detail that you would like to share as an introduction to who you are and your professional direction. 

It is your first chance to make a good impression. Remember also that LinkedIn is a professional platform, so take some time to explore the activity on the platform to learn from others about the type of content appropriate for LinkedIn and what is better suited to Insta or Snap Chat. Professional photos (or even your school photo) are a must, and ensure your punctuation, spelling and grammar is flawless.

It doesn’t matter which industry students are looking to move into. LinkedIn is a must and is their gateway to the world.

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