If you live in the U.S., U.K., India or Australia and are seeking a career mentor, you are in luck.
LinkedIn has launched Career Advice, a new tool that connects any of the professional network’s members who are interested in mentorship opportunities.
“Mentorship is key for developing and sustaining a satisfying career and improving your professional life, regardless of whether you’re giving or receiving some form of mentorship,” LinkedIn senior product manager Anwesha Jalan said in a blog post. “More than 80 percent of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others, but knowing where to start can be the trickiest part.”
That is where Career Advice comes in. The tool can help you to find and connect with the people best-suited to your mentorship needs.
To make use of the new functionality, go to the dashboard on your LinkedIn Profile and find the Career Advice hub.
Next, you enter your preferences for the advice you want to give or receive. LinkedIn will surface members based on your criteria as well as mutual interests and what LinkedIn “knows about you professionally.”
When a match has been found, you will be notified. From there, the ball is in your court you can send a message or keep looking.
You can see the process in action here.
Career Advice will roll out globally “in the coming months.”