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LinkedIn Brings Career Advice to India, Allows Users to Seek Mentor Guidance

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Linkedin, the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform, on Wednesday launched its “Career Advice” feature in India that aims to help its over 45 million members within the country seek professional guidance from its network of experienced mentors.

Anwesha Jalan from Linkedin announced the launch of the new feature in a blog post. Talking about the launch of the new feature, she said: “More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others, but knowing where to start can be the trickiest part. In fact, of those who want to have or become a mentor, more than half don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person.”

She added: “That’s why we’re launching Career Advice, a new feature that helps connect members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.”

There are more than 530 million professionals in the LinkedIn network, and no other place boasts of such a vast network where users have access to people with such a vast array of skills, knowledge and resources to help them achieve their goals.

Talking about how to get started using the new feature, Jalan explains: “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.”

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