Yahoo Inc. has unfurled a professional social network to help college students and recent graduates kickstart their careers.
According to a blog-post by Scott Gatz, Yahoo’s senior director of advanced products:
Y! Kickstart is a professional network with a specific purpose: to
connect college students, recent grads, alums and professionals to find
jobs, internships and career advice.
It’s based on the premise that everyone does have a network: the school
you went to, the frat/sorority you were in, the professional/interest
group you are in, the companies you interned or worked at. Kickstart
makes it easy to create and browse that kind of network. While we
started with a focus on college students, I’ve already found it a
useful networking tool for me to catch up with old coworkers and fellow
But how is this new tool different from Facebook or LinkedIn, and can it really boost your career?