LinkedIn made headlines this morning with the leak that News Corp and LI might be in acquisition negotiations. Back at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving, LinkedIn was also stirring-up conversationâ€¦
For the past couple years my sister was a French professor at a Connecticut boarding school. Having recently changed positions (now working in development) she finally got around to accepting my invitation to join LinkedIn. The trouble is — LinkedIn does not offer an appropriate industry field for educators! For example, there are no option fields for teachers or for persons working at a non-profit. The closest available is â€˜Non-Profit Management.’
While I understand that LinkedIn is looking to appeal primarily to a demographic making $100,000+, I think excluding talented young educators (who could easily still become lawyers, diplomats, or even bankers) is a major mistake and likely to drive someone, like my sister, to a rival such as Doostang.