A mobile application allows college students to quickly flip through various personality questions to help them determine possible career paths after graduation. Compass Lite, developed by Baltimore-based Web development company Woofound, matches students with potential careers based on their answers and provides extra information such as salary and employment prospects.
Building goodwill with recruiters before you apply for a job increases the chances they'll respond to your resume, Robbie Abed writes. Interact with them on Twitter and look them up on LinkedIn to see if you share any connections, he suggests.
In the spirit of Kickstarter, which uses social media to attract investors to a wide range of projects, a new company -- Upstart -- is taking a similar approach to investing in students. Now instead of taking on student loans, college students can get tuition help through Upstart in exchange for a small percentage of a student's future income.
More colleges are abandoning snail mail in favor of sending admissions news electronically, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In 2010, 37% of colleges surveyed said they notified applicants by e-mail, 43% gave notice through a Web portal and 3% sent text-message alerts. A decade ago, 11% sent notices electronically. Officials say the trend mirrors a change in the way students receive information.
So.cl, Microsoft's new experimental social network for students, is being launched today at a handful of universities. The tool is meant to be used along with Facebook to allow students to build communities around common educational goals. Syracuse University, New York University, and the University of Washington are participating in the launch, which eventually will be expanded to other schools as well.