PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2012) - Bakery owner, marketing manager, medical director, photographer, software engineer, wine retailer and yoga studio owner.
These are just a few of the professional advisors who are part of PivotPlanet™, a new global online career expertise exchange for pursuing that dream job. Launched today, PivotPlanet.com connects people exploring new careers, thinking about starting a business or honing skills with advisors in hundreds of professions. These advisors share their experience and skills through live, one-on-one video or phone sessions. Most advisors also offer in-person mentorship.
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 Kurth. "With PivotPlanet, we are using technology to tap into expert advice, making the experience more affordable and available to more people."
PivotPlanet is an accessible resource for anyone seeking career advice -- especially the millions of Americans still looking for guidance in their search for a new profession. PivotPlanet sessions start at $50.
Here's how PivotPlanet works:
1. Set up a PivotPlanet account and link it to your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.
2. 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.
3. Your advisor will suggest three one-hour time slots for the conference, based on your preferences.
4. Accept and book one of the suggested time slots.
5. Connect with your advisor for your video or phone conference via Skype, FaceTime, mobile phone or another method of your choice. Easy!
PivotPlanet has also developed Pivot Enterprise, which offers mentoring programs for both outplacement and employee retention. Pivot Outplacement partners with companies and their outplacement firms to offer PivotPlanet video and phone sessions for employees affected by work force reduction. Pivot "Mentoring As A Service" (MAAS) allows companies to leverage PivotPlanet's online platform and services to create custom mentorship programs. By connecting employees with skilled mentors, companies can enhance their workers' skill sets while helping them find rewarding career pathways with their current employer.
"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 continue to offer innovative resources to help people find the advice they need to make important career and life decisions."
PivotPlanet carefully selects its expert advisors. They are required to be successful, full-time professionals in their careers for a minimum of five years. PivotPlanet researches each advisor's work history, references and online presence.
PivotPlanet is adding new advisors daily. It currently has more than 200 advisors and is on course to add hundreds, and eventually thousands, of quality experts across the world. Prospective advisors should contact PivotPlanet at https://www.pivotplanet.com/apply.
PivotPlanet is a global online exchange for career and business startup expertise. It connects people exploring new careers, thinking about starting a business or honing professional skills with expert advisors in hundreds of professions. PivotPlanet makes these connections through live, one-on-one video and phone sessions, or in-person mentorships around the world. The company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and can be found online at pivotplanet.com.