Last week I was in the Boston area doing some presentations and a teacher came up and said something like “it sounds like a lot of what you are talking about is for professionals, but I’m a teacher… should I be on LinkedIn?”
My first thought was “isn’t a teacher a professional?”
Unfortunately, and this might be a gross stereotype, teachers had a pretty solid career path that included getting the right education and licenses, getting on at a school, and then working hard for the rest of their careers.
There wasn’t much talk, as far as I know, of networking and branding and job search skills and career management.
It was one of those “safe jobs.”
Times have changed, though, and I don’t know anyone who thinks teaching is a “safe job.”
So, if a teacher is a professional, and they face the same wobbly job security that us “normal” professionals face, doesn’t it make sense for them to do the same job search and career management stuff that we do?
I think so!
I did a search for elementary teacher on LinkedIn and got 11,760 results.
I did a search for secondary teacher on LinkedIn and got 3,410 results.
I did a search for elementary teacher on LinkedIn and got 12,407 results.
I did a search for professor on LinkedIn and got 396,538 results.
What do you think? If you were a teacher would you get on LinkedIn, or should you just wait for something else? :p