It’s likely that students starting college in September have spent the past four years of their lives become experts at social media mediums including Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. Without ever taking a class on social media, these platforms are indelibly integrated in the way an 18 year old communicates with their friends and family. In 1987, I didn’t even have a computer to bring to Boston College with me. Rather than give advice on student loans, budgeting, and other financial topics, I’d like to encourage the upcoming freshmen going to college to expand their social media networks and learn how to use these platforms to build their future.
You see, it’s simple that life teaches you it’s not what you know but who you know that will ultimately get you further in life. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to become an excellent student, but rather leverage your expertise and begin to build your networks out today so when you graduate college you have a plethora of people to talk to for finding your first job. Don’t wait for four years from now to start that journey.
Being one of the top 10 social media financial advisors in the country, I would recommend to get on LinkedIn today and make a goal of getting to 1,000 connections at a minimum before your graduate college. Get active making connections across the country in your field of study and joint relevant groups to get engaged on the important topics going on with your future profession. Four years from now, you’ll thank me for this advice. The more people you know, the more doors that will open up for you. Get LinkedIn from the first day of school!