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LinkedIn: Never too young for a professional network

The Independent carries a feisty piece questioning the decision by the professsional networker’s website, LinkedIn, to lower its age limit to 13.

Danni Cotterill, 15, from Bournemouth, who competed in Tenner, run by Young Enterprise, wrote about why the idea of joining the business friendly community carries great appeal for a teen entrepreneur.

The LinkedIn generation: How teenagers will use service

‘Let me in. I’ve got the mind to do business’

Danni Cotterill, 15, from Bournemouth

I recently heard that LinkedIn is lowering the age limit to 13, and I’ll definitely sign up. I think it’s great because it’s beneficial for my future career ideas, and it’ll give me a head start in finding jobs. I took part in Tenner, the enterprise competition run by Young Enterprise, and intend to carry on the company I set up with my friend Georgia. LinkedIn will help us get advice from people in business on our ideas.

Opening up LinkedIn gives younger teenagers the opportunity to network with people in business and get feedback. Thirteen year olds have grown up with technology and their minds are like a sponge – they can take in a lot of information and they are quite professionally minded.

Taking part in Tenner has given me an understanding of how to work in a team and work to a deadline. I’ve got the mind of a business person now.

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