Mentors can be an invaluable resource for career development, and young workers often fail to find any. The social network LinkedIn believes it can help solve this problem – a new service that relies on it can connect its 500 mln users.
The idea was new to find mentors among seniors who are not willing to help them, says Quartz. To users, members must complete their experience and write what mentor they are looking for. Like applications meetings LinkedIn will offer potential partners. If there are several options, users can choose, so opt for the best deal that meets their requirements.
Once connected, they can write on LinkedIn or arrange the conversation outside the network.
The product is still being tested and will be launched gradually in the summer, according to media reports.
Study on LinkedIn shows that nearly 90% of senior directors would give advice to a young person.
Sure LinkedIn may not be the most obvious place to look seriously mentoring. Anyone who has used social network for finding new contacts or new jobs, is aware of the inaccuracies in the algorithms. Because of past customers receive substandard profiles their job offers or proposals to connect people who are complete strangers to them.
Directors on LinkedIn seem to be aware of these limitations and have told Fast Company, the service will be more convenient for answering quick questions, not so much to create a long-term relationship. But if so, it would be difficult to understand how valuable are these tips.
Social network for business contacts LinkedIn announced earlier this year that its subscribers reached 500 million from over 200 countries, increasing steadily since a few months ago the service was bought by Microsoft Corp.
The acquisition of 26.2 bln dollars, which ended in December last year, is the largest to date in the segment of social networks. Announcing the deal in June, LinkedIn had 433 million users and upon completion of the transaction at the end of the year their number reached 467 million.
In 2015 its employees numbered 10,000 people, and revenues amounted to about 3 billion dollars with net loss of 166 mln dollars.