Counselling and career development


If you have not done so already, start building your network on LinkedIn ( today.

Register for a free account and start connecting with your network online. Join groups relevant to your career field so that you could participate in discussions, ask questions and provide answers related to specific topics and search for people, organisations and jobs in your field of interest. Do research about companies and employees to help you identify opportunities.

Activity: LinkedIn career research

  • Go to and sign in to your LinkedIn account. If you do not have an account yet, then create one.
  • Make sure that you have captured your current or previous studies at Unisa on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Once you are signed in, hover over “My network” and then click on “Find alumni”.
  • You will now be presented with a page with Headings and graphs beneath the headings (e.g. Where they live, Where they work, What they do). Click on the arrow to the right and then on the search icon next to the “What they studied” heading.
  • Type in “[your field of study, e.g. Psychology”.
  • You will notice that the graphs adjust. You have now filtered the information to contain information about Unisa alumni who have studied in that particular field.
  • You can now see how many graduates are on LinkedIn, where they work, what they’re skilled at, etc.
  • Make some notes about the interesting information you find.

Unisa Career Connections group on LinkedIn

Join the Unisa Career Connections group on LinkedIn to help you connect with fellow students and alumni. We created the group to enable Unisa students and alumni to have conversations about their careers. Topics include career development, employability, sharing and preparing for opportunities, and more. To join is easy: Sign in to your LinkedIn account, search for "Unisa Career Connections group" and request to join. Once your application to join is approved, start participating in the conversations.

Further resources for LinkedIn

Learn more about using LinkedIn effectively.

Last modified: 2019/02/27