LinkedIn introduces Career Advice feature

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Mentorship is an important part of developing and sustaining a satisfying career and improving your professional life, regardless of whether you’re a mentee or mentor. Our research has found that more than 80 percent of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others, but have a hard time knowing where to start. Of those that have or want to become a mentor, more than half are unsure of where to begin and more than one-third struggle with finding the right person.

To address this and make it easier for members to connect across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities, we’re launching a new Career Advice feature. Whether you’re looking for best practices for approaching a new project, advice for starting a business, or intel on switching industries, Career Advice can help you connect with the right person.

To get started, go to the dashboard on your LinkedIn Profile and find the Career Advice hub. From there, enter your preferences for the type of advice you’re looking to give or receive and we’ll recommend members based on what you’ve specified, mutual interests and what we know about you professionally. We’re also exploring ways to specify if you’d like to mentor certain communities, like people facing unique barriers to economic opportunity. When you find a match, you’ll be alerted and you can then send a message to start a conversation about the advice you need.

With more than 530 million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

We’ve been piloting this feature in a few regions the past couple of months, and some great connections have already been made.

Career Advice is rolling out now to members in the U.S., U.K., India and Australia, and will be expanding globally in the coming months.