LinkedUp baseline survey

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Prof. Peter Twining at the University of Newcastle (Australia) is leading the research team.

Information for participants and their parents/carers

What's the point?

The purpose of the research is to find out about young people’s career aspirations and their social media profiles, with a particular focus on their use of LinkedIn. This survey is part of the LinkedUp project.

Who can take part?

You have to be at least 16 years old to take part. Our main focus is on 16 to 18 year olds.

What does it involve?

Taking part involves filling in a survey, which should take a maximum of ten minutes.

The survey asks:

  • for basic information about you (e.g. your name, what school you attend, where it is (Country, State, Town), your date of birth),
  • about what you hope to do after you leave school, and
  • about your use of social media (e.g. Which of the following social networking sites do you currently have an account with?).

If you say you have a LinkedIn account you will be asked:

  • for details of that account (e.g. What is your username? Is your account public?) and
  • how you use it (e.g. Which of the following do you do in LinkedIn? Update my CV, invite connections, etc.).

If you say you have a public LinkedIn profile the researchers will look at it to see what information you provide on it, and the extent to which you interact with other people in LinkedIn.

Taking part in the survey does not commit you to taking part in the other aspects of the LinkedUp project.
We will be providing advice/support on using LinkedIn for participants in later stages of the LinkedUp project, but not for those people who only complete this baseline survey.

It's voluntary

You do not have to take part in this research – it is entirely voluntary.
If you don’t want to take part then don’t fill in the survey.
If you do want to fill in the survey you can do this when you wish.

What will you do with my data

If you do submit responses to the survey then they will be included in the research. Once you have submitted your response to the questionnaire you cannot ask for your data to be withdrawn.
The survey is hosted on SurveyMonkey (one of the major survey websites, which we have an account with). Here are links to their privacy policy and security information.

Once the data has been downloaded from SurveyMonkey your responses will be stored in line with the Australian guidelines for the management of data. It will be stored securely and will only be accessible to members of the research team.
Your names will be encrypted in order to de-identify the data.
An anonymised data set, with personal information (e.g. name of respondent, name of school, town) removed, will be shared via a national research repository.

The findings from the research will be shared in a range of formats (e.g. blog posts, reports, journal articles, conference presentations).
Individuals and schools will not be named in any reporting of the research.

If you want to see the results then you will be able to access them from the project website.

Finding out more

If you would like further information about the survey then contact Peter Twining.

Giving consent

If you would like to take part in the research you should discuss this with your parent/carer. They must agree for you to complete the survey.

If you want to take part in the research and your parent/carer agrees that you then click here and submit your responses or scan this QR code to start the survey QR code LinkedUpBaseline.png.

Ethical approval

This project has been approved by the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2020-0397. It has also been approved by the Department of Education, SERAP No.2020410.

Raising concerns

Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research or have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research & Innovation Services, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia. T: (02) 4921 6333 E: