LinkedIns new “Students” App

LinkedIn recently launched a new mobile app directly targeted at college graduates and recent college graduates. The app is called “Students”, and I think it is both a step forward and a step back for the education industry.

How it helps:

It will make the college application process more global, standard, and meritocratic. The current process for college application is widely nonstandard, with most institutions demanding completely different materials, not to mention substantial application fees. I believe that applications like LinkedIn Students will push application fees down,

How it hurts:

Because of this focus, the application is obviously catering to the mass market, and to the needs of entrenched education institutions. They tell students that the path to success is linear, like this:

When really most peoples path to finding a career they like is far less standard. Implicitly, LinkedIn is pushing out alternate education providers — Code bootcamps, vocational schools, language schools, technical educators — from the “Students” path.

Takeaways?

“Students ” will be a huge step forward for the college education system in America, as long as we remember that not all paths to education are the same.

Thanks for reading.

Alex Zito-Wolf

Product Manager + Software Developer. Interested in Travel, Culture, and the Internet.

Product Manager + Software Developer. Interested in Travel, Culture, and the Internet.