By Daniel O. Escasa A few weeks ago, I got a LinkedIn request from my niece. What, my niece, connecting with me on LinkedIn? Of course, I accepted the connection request ? notwithstanding the standard ?I’d like to add you to my network? message. Ordinarily ? i.e., for people I don’t know outside of LinkedIn ? a connection request has to be specific, meaning, what’s in it for me? Relatives and friends before Facebook (FBFB), however, are exempt from that rule, more on that some other time. Surprised, I told her that LinkedIn is more for professional networking as opposed to Facebook’s personal-relationship orientation. Having recently finished a degree in Information and Computer Engineering, she said she wanted to establish professional contacts, and asked me for advice on a career in IT ? or, as it’s called nowadays, ICT, Information and Communications Technology. Below, edited slightly, and with some additions, is my reply to her. I did warn her that the message could be rather long.