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How to Report Education on Your LinkedIn Profile

After you document your past and current jobs, it's time to move on to the next part of your LinkedIn profile: education. After all, besides at your jobs, where else are you going to meet and stay in touch with so many people? At school, of course! Your Education section says a lot about you, especially to potential employers and to former schoolmates who are looking to reconnect with you.

When you signed up with LinkedIn, you might have been asked to provide your basic education information. Maybe you have more than one school to list, or perhaps you didn't create a full listing for the schools you put down upon registration. In either case, you can go back to make sure that your profile is up to date and lists all your education.

Some people ask how much education to list on their profiles. Although you could theoretically go all the way back to preschool or kindergarten, most people start with high school or undergraduate college. This is up to you, but keep in mind that the more items you list, the greater the opportunity that your past schoolmates can locate and contact you.

This section isn't limited to high school, undergraduate, and post-graduate education. You should also list any vocational education, certification courses, and any other stint at an educational institution that matters to your career or personal direction.

When you're ready to update or add your education information, follow these steps:

1

Go to LinkedIn and log in.

Hover your mouse over the Profile link in the top navigation bar, then click Edit Profile from the drop-down list that appears.

2

Scroll down your profile until you see the Education header.Click the Add education link.

You see an expanded Education section with all the necessary text boxes.

3

In the School text box, start entering the school name you wish to add to your profile.

As you're typing, LinkedIn displays a drop-down list of schools.

4

Look through the alphabetized list to find your school and select it. If your school name doesn't appear, just finish typing the name of your school in the text box. Complete the degree information about your education.

This includes filling in your degree type, fields of study (if applicable), grade you received (optional), and the years you attended this institution. For your degree type, you can either provide an abbreviation (BS, BA, and so on) or write the entire degree name (Masters of Science, Doctorate, and so on).

The Field of Study text box is optional, but if you had a specific major or emphasis, this is where to put that information. Finally, for dates attended, if you're still attending this institution, simply fill in your expected graduation date. If you are an older worker and concerned about age discrimination, you can leave the dates of attendance blank; this is optional information.

5

Scroll down to the Activities and Societies text box and fill it in.

Enter any extracurricular activities you participated in while attending this school. Also list any clubs or organizations you belonged to (including any officer positions you held in those clubs) and any societies you joined or were given membership to, such as honor societies, fraternities, or sororities.

Decide if listing these activities will support or enhance your overall professional goals and brand image. Make sure to list any activities, like current alumni organization activities, that apply to your situation today.

Separate each activity with a comma.

6

Scroll down to the Description text box and enter any additional information about your education experience.

Enter any awards or honors received from this school, as well as any special events or experiences that didn't fit in the Activities and Societies box, such as studying abroad, events you organized, or committees that you served on at this school. You can separate each item with a period if you want.

7

When you're done entering information, scroll down and click the Save button.

This step adds the newly entered education listing into your profile, and you're taken back to your profile page.

Repeat steps for any additional education listings you want to enter.

To edit an existing education record, click the Edit link next to that record in the Education section, instead of the Add Education link.

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