Online network LinkedIn has launched a free service that identifies potential mentors and helps match them with people who might be looking for professional advice.
Suitable mentors are hand-picked and appear in a list to those who have indicated their interest in receiving mentorship. They are then selected by swiping left or right, in a Tinder-like format.
Mentees can set certain parameters to narrow their search, such as topics they'd like to get advice on or where a person is located. Once they've matched with a mentor, they can start messaging them, and either side can terminate the communication at any point.
"We have done research and found that among the senior ranks of our user base, nine out of 10 people have said they want to give back," Hari Srinivasan, head of identity products, told TechCrunch. "Paying it forward is a powerful force. All of them received help on the way up and now want to find a way to give that help back to others."
It's a smart idea, given that 94% of millennials with a mentor globally value the quality of advice and interest shown in their development (Deloitte, 2016). It also provides a path to LinkedIn's other features, including additional training via Lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning.
Launched in August 2017, the service is currently only available to users in San Francisco and Australia.
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