Young people face myriad obstacles in finding work, leaving more than 71 million unemployed globally. Digital professional networking platforms, such as LinkedIn, may give youth an effective way to find, retain, and advance in work. We explore platform use in developing economies and present new data on a low-cost, successful way to teach youth how to use these platforms. We end by drawing policy implications for the education and workforce development field.
Increasing digital platform use to help youth find work
By Eric M. Johnson, Edwin Lehoahoa, Patrick Shaw, Robert Urquhart.
May 2020 Open Access Peer Reviewed
- Digital professional platforms like LinkedIn can affect the rate at which some marginalized youth find work in developing economies.
- New research shows that youth can be taught at low cost to successfully use these platforms.
- Education, training, and skills providers should teach digital professional platform use and promote uptake in career guidance and job placement support services.
- Governments should consider equity in digital platform access and promote low-cost mechanisms for use of these powerful platforms.
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Johnson, E. M., Lehoahoa, E., Shaw, P., & Urquhart, R. (2020). Increasing digital platform use to help youth find work. RTI Press. RTI Press Policy Brief No. PB-0023-2005 https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2020.pb.0023.2005