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Professional Networks: To include professors, or postgrads only?

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    Hi all!

    (Apologies if this is entirely the wrong forum, first time I've posted and I got very lost on my way into the forum)

    What is everyone's opinion on adding lecturers, tutorial leaders, postgrad teachers and professors on professional networks (i.e. LinkedIn)?
    Considering they aren't a social network, it's presumably a good idea to keep in touch with such professionals as it could no doubt be useful. Having those connections (and much needed endorsements and recommendations for skills, for those that have listed them) can surely look excellent on any professional, business profile.

    But what etiquette should be followed? Should only postgrads add lecturers, or should all students? Should it only be tutorial leaders that you've really clicked with and get along well with, who actually know who you are, or should it be as wider net as possible to capture the most potential professional connections as you can? Should you really add the head of the department, or just stick to your module lecturer at most, or perhaps not even venture any higher than your seminar tutor?

    I'm of the opinion that perhaps I should reserve my connections only for lecturers and professors who actually know who I am, considering that's the essence of things like LinkedIn, but surely adding them at any point during university study is acceptable; to build a professional network as early as possible and to be accustomed to that is going to benefit just about everyone in the long run, right?

    Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?

    Has anyone added any professors or lecturers on networks, are there any rules or policies that could complicate matters?
    Should you add professors/lecturers on professional networks like LinkedIn and, if so, when?

    It's fine to add who you want on Linkedin but bear in mind that everyone won't have it and not everyone you add will want to accept your request. It's usually best to only add people you know and have interacted with beyond just attending their lectures.
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