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#Trending topics What’s been trending on our Twitterfeed and LinkedIn Group this month? LinkedIn age restrictions - Poll

In August, professional networking site LinkedIn made two changes to their services which were of interest to AGR members. The fi rst was the introduction of University Pages, which are designed to help students make decisions about where to study. Over 200 universities around the world have already signed up to this new service. Linked to this is a change to the site’s Terms of Service,

whereby the minimum age for membership has been dropped from the age of 18 to 13. “Smart, ambitious students are already thinking about their futures when they step foot into high school – where they want to go to college, what they want to study, where they want to live and work. We want to encourage these students to leverage the insights and connections of the millions of successful professionals on LinkedIn, so they can make the most informed decisions and start their careers off right,” said Eric Heath on LinkedIn’s blog. In a LinkedIn poll about the development, we asked

‘Do you think this is a good move to help young people separate their personal social media presence from their professional?”

Not surprisingly, responses were mixed. Many of the

participants who voted ‘No’ cited young peoples’ lack of understanding about the purpose of the site, and lack of valuable work experience, to add to the main objection: I am unsure what value a teenager would get out of LinkedIn before they are ready to start work. School leavers and university students - yes, they could / should have a go at it, but I’m not sure it’s relevant before.

On a more positive note, most voters did acknowledge the potential for the move if users are given the right training:

Certainly [children] of 13-15 would benefi t from coaching in how to set up a profi le from their school careers advisor and also how to use it.

Students will gain a better understanding of […] how they can effectively build and edit their online professional profi le to make it look attractive to employers.

Do you agree? Let us know @agrtweets

Poll: Tomorrow’s Growth - CBI Report

Tomorrow’s Growth, a new report from CBI which tackles the question of how the UK can meet the higher skills requirements of our future economy, was favourably received upon its publication in August. The report, which is free to download (, states that key changes need to be made in our education system to ensure universities and businesses can meet the UK’s growing demand for degree-level technical skills in key sectors such as manufacturing, construction, IT and engineering.

Several recommendations are made, including: • Building a vocational UCAS-style system with information on the full range of business-backed university courses

• Creating more inspiring careers information and guidance • Encouraging universities and colleges to become more commercial in their business-outreach

• Directing apprenticeship funding directly through employers • Encouraging businesses to simply better articulate their needs.

When polled on our LinkedIn group to determine which action should be the priority out of the above, the majority of participants identifi ed the need for universities to become more commercial as most essential, with the need for employers to better articulate their requirements coming second place. Charting in at last place, and the least important, was the need for more inspiring careers information. Do you agree? Share your thoughts @agrtweets

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