Are you like many folks considering (whether voluntarily or not) a career change? Or are you a student just entering the job market? Or maybe you’re nearing retirement and itching to try something drastically different? One thing may be holding you back in each of these scenarios: fear of the unknown.
Well, PivotPlanet just launched today and it’s about to disrupt your career search – in a fantastically awesome way.
It’s a global “expertise exchange” that connects you with accomplished professionals in your desired area through one-on-one vide and phone sessions – and many also offer in-person mentorships!
Launched as part of Upstart Labs’ business incubator program, PivotPlanet is the brainchild of Brian Kurth, the founder of VocationVacations®, a one-on-one, on-site mentorship program.
“Since launching VocationVacations in 2004 and helping make thousands of people’s dreams come true, we learned people should test the water before diving head-first into a new occupation,” said founder, Brian Kurth. “With PivotPlanet, we are using technology to tap into expert advice, making the experience more affordable and available to more people.”
What’s the catch? Well, it’s not free – but it’s also not cost-prohibitive, with rates starting at $50. And it’s certainly money better spent than directing it toward the typical job training, outsourcing, mentoring, retraining or employee retention programs out there (corporations take note!). Think about it: When exploring a new career, what’s more valuable than “how I got my job/this is the reality of my job” advice from a person successfully living it?
Here’s how PivotPlanet works:
- Set up a PivotPlanet account and link it to your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.
- Send a message to an advisor requesting a one-hour live video or phone conference and provide up to 10 times and dates that work for your schedule. In-person mentorship sessions are also available. Work directly with PivotPlanet staff to schedule a full-day or half-day in-person session.
- Your advisor will suggest three one-hour time slots for the conference, based on your preferences.
- Accept and book one of the suggested time slots.
- Connect with your advisor for your video or phone conference via Skype, FaceTime, mobile phone or another method of your choice.
So what’s your dream job? Are you thinking PivotPlanet couldn’t possibly have what you’re looking for? Think again. “We’re an A-Y platform, covering everything from Acupuncturist to Yoga Instructor,” said founder, Brian Kurth. The list is extensive and varied, is the point (and Zoologists are welcome to apply, by the way).
And how does one become an advisor? They don’t just let anyone sign up to mentor others, don’t worry. Advisor applicants need to have at least five years of experience in their given field, and they need to answer questions about what they’ll offer PivotPlanet participants. The folks at PivotPlanet take this vetting process very seriously, researching each advisor’s work history, references and online presence.
“Brian Kurth has a proven track record connecting people who want to explore new careers with professionals who can offer first-hand, ‘been-there-done-that’ advice,” said Greg Rau, founder and CEO at Upstart Labs. “PivotPlanet and Pivot Enterprise [for corporations seeking to retain employees] continue to offer innovative resources to help people find the advice they need to make important career and life decisions.”
Will you be checking it out or signing up to offer advice? Let us know how it goes!
(Logo from PivotPlanet.com)