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Nittany Lion Networking: Reviewing Student-Athletes’ LinkedIn Pages

LinkedIn: the social media of today’s ~professionals~.

Whether you use it to make connections and seek out future job opportunities or simply to lurk on your classmates, LinkedIn can be a very helpful tool. You’d be surprised to discover just how many people you know are on there, including established professionals, co-workers, classmates, your neighbor, and even some Penn State student-athletes.

With career fair season quickly approaching, there’s no time like the present to get your page in tip-top shape. With a curious mind, we logged on to see how Penn State’s best and brightest are managing their LinkedIn pages.

Sean Clifford

Seeing as he’s got only one more season left, it made sense to take a look at Sean Clifford’s LinkedIn page before he ventures out into the professional world.

Right off the bat, I’d like to note that he’s got 500+ connections. If connections are currency, Mr. Clifford can afford approximately 20 Nike Vapor Elite footballs. 

He’s got a profile picture and header, plus a short and simple “About” section. For his experience section, he’s listed his time as a personal trainer, camp counselor, THON representative, football player, and chapter president for Uplifting Athletes. Sean Clifford is a very versatile man, folks. 

He’s got his education, volunteering, awards, and skills listed as well. Clifford lists his GPA, which is a crisp 3.30. He also lists “college football” as a skill. Not wrong.

All in all, it’s a solid LinkedIn page.

Jahan Dotson

Though he’s busy preparing for the NFL Draft, former wide receiver Jahan Dotson had an insane career at Penn State, so it was obvious to see if his LinkedIn page matches.

Jahan credits himself as an “elite-level football player” in his “About” section. When you’re ranked No. 2 in your program for receiving touchdowns and hold a record for the most receiving yards in a single game, we think “elite-level football player” is a more than reasonable claim. 

He lists his education, volunteering experience, and skills. Most notably, he mentions five specific classes he took as a student: COMM 110, COMM 180, COMM 280, COMM 380, and COMM 489W.

Drew Hildebrandt

I’d like to give the recent Penn State wrestling transfer the credit he deserves. I personally requested each and every one of these student-athletes to join my network, and only Mr. Hildebrandt has accepted as of writing this. Bonus points there. 

It’s a good start to a LinkedIn account. Hildebrandt has an up-to-date headline and profile picture, which is one of those iconic student-athlete headshots. That’s a lot better than other transfers, folks! 

He’s also got his education there: a bachelor’s and a master’s in business administration. Double-whammy.

Anna Camden

Penn State women’s basketball forward Anna Camden has a solid start to her LinkedIn. Instead of using her Penn State Athletics headshot, she opts for a more business casual picture that features a pink blazer. Stunt on them, Anna.

Camden’s unique “About” section features an anecdote about her interviewing people as a child, plus some mentions of her podcast. While some other student-athletes have “About” sections, none are quite as personal and charming as Camden’s. 

She also features her Instagram, a video of her talking to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and her education, skills, and her organizations. Camden’s LinkedIn really shows how much she loves what she does, and for that, we give her a 10/10.

Bonus: Dawn Boylan Allar (Drew Allar’s Mom)

Although the incoming No. 1-ranked quarterback prospect doesn’t have a LinkedIn page just yet, you get the next best thing: his mom. 

Dawn Boylan Allar’s profile is a textbook LinkedIn account, folks. She has a very detailed “About” section, and her (very sleek) resume is linked, which is my personal favorite touch. She has 22 years of professional experience listed, too. With Penn State’s very own sorority recruitment currently taking place, it’s the perfect time to mention that she was an ADPi at the University of Akron. 

After viewing this LinkedIn, it’s safe to say that Mrs. Boylan Allar is a certified girlboss.

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Anna Wiggins

Anna is a senior (ew) public relations major from Alexandria, Virginia, and is Onward State's social media manager. Anna spends her days contemplating what emoji to use in a tweet and dreaming of Doggie's Pub's hot dogs, in that order. Share your song recommendations with her on Twitter @annaewiggins and send your best gossip to her email, [email protected].

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