Facebook is launching a new feature that allows users in some select Groups to get matched with a mentor for professional or personal development.
Facebook is getting ready to launch yet another significant feature. After helping users to reconnect with friends, make some new acquaintances, find a job or a place to eat (and soon love), the platform is now planning to help us find a mentor.
Mentorship, first tested last year, is a new feature available within Facebook Groups. It pairs two group members together for one-on-one mentorship.
The feature is not available to every Group. Instead, only Groups within patenting, professional development, and personal development categories can qualify. Also, it’s up to the Group admin(s) to decide to activate the feature. Mentorship comes with different programs such as career advancement, skill development and encouragement. The Group admin who enables the feature will also need to create the relevant program, using one of several templates.
When the program has been created, users within the Group can sign up and choose to be mentored, or offer to mentor another Group member. It is up to the Group admin to match up people in pairs.
Once paired, the two Group users can communicate within the mentorship program page, or directly on Messenger. Facebook provides guides for each type of program to help encourage the mentor and mentee to check in at least once a week.
Facebook says that the Mentorship program is only available to users 18 and above, and offers the same level of security and privacy as all other features on its platform.