LinkedIn introduces Career Advice feature

Matching members to provide lightweight advice helps professionals get ahead

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. Here’s what some of our members are saying:

  • “During my interaction, [the advisors] gave me ideas and guidance to achieve my goals with respect to exploring new domains in the industry. One of my matches even introduced me to his LinkedIn connections which helped me broaden my network and interact with people who share the same interest in my field.” 

— Karthik Kalyanaraman, Technical Staff, VMware

  • “[With Career Advice] you’re going to be exposed to these connections that can expose you to worlds you otherwise wouldn’t. It’s powerful.” 

— Tung Nguyen, VP of Engineering, BoltOps

  • “I owe a lot of my own career success to phenomenal mentors I've had throughout my career in product and as an entrepreneur but have found that many haven't been as fortunate as myself to be able to take advantage of strong mentors. Hoping to give back a bit through this experience. Already had fruitful conversations with folks early in their product role looking for specific career advice.” 

— Sachin Rekhi, Founder & CEO, Notejoy

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.