According to TechCrunch, Microsoft’s professional-networking site LinkedIn is today launching a new Tinder-style service that matches people who are looking for mentorship in a specific area with potential mentors.
It is reported that LinkedIn is taking on the roll of mentoring software and has hand-selected a list of potential mentors. This list of mentors will be shown to people who are interested in getting mentoring. Once people select the mentors of their choice, mentors can select among the people to whom they would prefer to mentor.
Mentors can select their preferences like they want to mentor people only from their region, or people who are in their 1st or 2nd degree network, etc. Similarly, a mentee can select their own preferences. For example, they can specify the interested area in which they would like to receive advice. Once connected, mentor and mentee can message each other.
“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,” said LinkedIn’s Hari Srinivasan, Head of Identity Products at LinkedIn. “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,” he added
The service is free and currently rolling out to LinkedIn members in San Francisco and Australia.
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