Avoiding Post-Graduation Inertia with LinkedIn Groups

Avoiding Post-Graduation Inertia with LinkedIn Groups
Vincent L. Cyboran, Ed.D.

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Finally finishing your master’s degree brings with it several emotions, including much-deserved pride and a sense of relief. You can finally enjoy your weekends again. You can devote more time to long-neglected hobbies and interests, or just do nothing; at least for a while. Your resume is updated to reflect your new graduate degree. You possess solid, marketable skills and a deep knowledge of current and classic T&D theories and models. You’ve completed a career plan with short- and long-term goals. You’ve even subscribed to a few blogs and promised yourself to read them now and then. Do take the time to relax: You’ve earned it. But when you’re ready to jump back into the game, consider the advantages offered by LinkedIn groups.

LinkedIn groups are free to join, and can be used for a variety of purposes, including the following:

  • Joining a learning community
  • Keeping current with fads and trends
  • Making contacts
  • Searching for a new job.

My Groups

photo 2Here are just a few of the groups to which I belong. Another advantage of groups is that you can often join a professional association’s group—such as ATD—without actually being a member.

 

 

Career Changers

LinkedIn groups are especially useful those changing careers. You can “join” the conversation of professionals already working in the field, participating at whatever level makes you comfortable. At first, you may just want to read what others are posting. Soon, you’ll want to respond to items that pique your interest. And when you feel confident enough, you may even want to lead a conversation by posting a topic of your own: this will help you to get noticed and to shape your thinking on the topic.

Proceed with Caution, but do Proceed!

Remember that LinkedIn groups are just one more tool in your career toolkit. LinkedIn groups-like all online communities—have norms and rules. For example, members cannot directly sell services and products. And, there are thousands of groups, many with overlapping purposes; so you’ll need to be selective about which groups to join and which to actively participate in. Like all social media platforms, LinkedIn groups can become a burden and a time-waster.

Getting Started with Groups

Like all software applications, LinkedIn does provide online help. Like some software applications, the online help leaves something to be desired. So, the fastest to get started is to view recent YouTube videos, such as these:photo 3

If you do choose to jump right in and explore groups on your own from within LinkedIn, here’s the key to accessing them:phto 4

  • What groups do you currently belong to?
  • What groups do you recommend to your peers?
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9 comments

  • I think that using LinkedIn is a great way to really market yourself as a recent graduate student and not only that but the connections you can make are really cool from all over the world. Being apart of certain groups can even help people get jobs and make connections from different parts of the world. You can also learn a lot from people working in the field and learn more about what people working in your field can do.

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  • This was awesome. I have not utilized LinkedIn groups to their full potential. Thank you.

    Here’s another great tip I recently learned. https://bizemillenial.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/coolest-networker/

  • While I nearly passed over this post I am glad I stopped in for a visit. It feels like I have been on LinkedIn forever and frankly much of my interaction there has been one-way; someone who wanted something from me. I have, since its inception and my use, worked for highly recognizable technology companies; the kind of companies in which many people would like to find jobs and many of whom have reached out to me via LinkedIn. Moreover, as time has passed I found the user interface overwhelming, and I simply did not have the time to devote to figuring it out. As I am nearing graduation with my MATD however and (gratefully) gainfully employed in a long-term job, this article has served to re-awaken the many benefits of using LinkedIn. As importantly, after devoting the better part of 8 years to completing my undergrad and graduate work I will most certainly find that I have time on my hands come January. With the urging of this article, and a renewed curiosity about Linked In, I plan to re-evaluate the ways in which it can serve my ongoing learning and growth. Thank you Dr. Cyboran for the compelling article.

  • Thank you for this very informative post. LinkedIn is a great tool for all. I myself have been on LinkedIn for years but have yet to maximize everything that it has to offer. I have joined various groups which is great for networking with those in my field and also helps to me learn about various events and seminars that are being offered. LinkedIn is a great tool and I am glad this post is helping to point out some of its great features.

  • Thank you for sharing! I’ve been on LinkedIn for years but I’ve never maximized my experience with LinkedIn groups although I’ve joined a few. I’ve wondered how to best use them in a purposeful way without feeling like I’m wasting time. However, I liked the different purposes that you mentioned as to why they are beneficial as it will determine your approach in how to best use it. In my experience, I’ve benefited the most from recruiters contacting me on a regular basis about opportunities in the industry that I’ve built my expertise in. Now, I’m at the point where I am seeking a career change so I need to find ways to get noticed by recruiters and potential employers as I’ve done in my previous career. I think joining the right LinkedIn group could potentially help with this.

  • I have been on linkedin FOREVER! I’ve connected with a lot of people and helped with endorsements etc. Unfortunately I’ve never really found it useful until this summer now that I’ll be looking for a job more toward the corporate side. I’m always getting recruiting emails that lead to no where so I found this article extremely helpful with sorting out the groups that I follow. I’m following at T&D group that doesn’t post much of anything so I will be searching youtube to find groups that are more useful!

  • Alexandra Di Iorio

    Thank you for providing some information about LinkedIn! I have never used LinkedIn so I do not have any experience with it, but I would like to join in the future as it seems beneficial. Joining and becoming a part of certain groups seems like a great way to make advancements in a new career. The ATD website is one that I have really been into lately, and it allows you to join free live webcasts. There are webinars coming up that I am excited to listen to and engage in such as “Improving Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams”, “Creating a Mindset for Change”, and “Leadership Behavior in Times of Change: The Impact on Workforce Engagement”. I think engaging yourself in groups such as these can be really beneficial in learning new ways to be successful as an individual and in a career. I have already recommended joining these groups to some of my peers and will continue to do so. Thinking about completing my MSHRM degree is really exciting and I can’t wait to continue gaining knowledge and experience during the program. I think using sites such as ATD and LinkedIn will be really helpful in preparing for graduation and for what is to come after graduation!

  • Great tips and promotion for Linkedin; Linkedin should cut you a check. I’m just kidding. One question, besides Linkedin, would you recommend other none-Linkedin-groups that are as supportive and engaging like what implied here? Also, would you recommend the regular LinkedIn or the premium subscription if one decides to form part of Linkedin? As a former regular/premium member of Linkedin, I did not understand why I was paying a monthly subscription. Besides the benefits of having access to recruiters or having your resume or cv viewed first, I felt like the monthly subscription was not worth it. I say this because, after a job search or career change, there is no use of the premium subscription. For that, I decided to remove myself off Linkedin altogether. However, after reading this post, I am considering rejoining Linkedin. I will make the right group selections this time around and find groups that share my views.

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