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PeopleGrove vs Firsthand

Compare: PeopleGrove vs. Firsthand

Provide mentorship and social capital to students and alumni with PeopleGrove.

Start with the basics

When comparing platforms, Firsthand – just like PeopleGrove – offers the basic technology universities need to start a mentorship program. Both platforms offer: 

  • Flash Mentoring
  • Bulk Matching
  • Goal Tracking
  • Jobs + Opportunities
  • Surveys
  • Communication Tools
  • Tech Stack Integrations
  • Event Management
  • Data Management
  • Content Management

But to provide flexible mentorship programs that reach more students and support more student outcomes, universities need more than what Firsthand offers. 

The PeopleGrove Difference

Easier to manage, easier to scale

To ensure all students benefit from the life-changing social capital mentorship provides, universities need to offer more than one way to mentor. Designed to spur career connections between many mentors and many mentees, PeopleGrove’s Career Access Platform™ offers students and alumni the flexibility to connect in multiple ways: informal or “flash” conversations, Super Mentor relationships, and traditional mentorship programs (which PeopleGrove can optionally manage for you). For small campus offices, providing more ways for students to engage means more learners are being served – all without the need for added resources. 

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Put Smart Technology to Work

Career guidance on the most helpful network ever created

Students shouldn’t have to know how to network like a professional when they’re not a professional yet. PeopleGrove uses smart technology to teach learners how to reach out for career help, advice, and support. Through embedded prompts, nudges, guidance and templates, conversing with a mentor becomes a lot less intimidating and engagement thrives. 

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What PeopleGrove Offers Over Firsthand

Support universities can rely on


  • Built, supported and serviced by reputable brand and well resourced organization
  • Supports all kinds of mentorship
  • Employs multiple mentoring methods including formal, flash and the Super Mentors framework
  • Configurable signup process offers flexibility for institutions
  • Key term alerts can be set to alert admins to ensure student needs and professionalism are maintained
  • Guides students and alumni throughout their career journey
  • Uses multiple user types and smart technology to personalize each user experience
  • Uses AI to ML to personalize user experience
  • Dedicated Customer Success Manager partner to support strategy, user adoption
  • Comprehensive on-demand knowledge base for self service support in addition to reliable and timely Customer Support
Learn About PeopleGrove
The first fully encompassing solution we've found to build university community online.
Amber G.
Strategic Initiatives Program Director

Universities Using PeopleGrove

Trusted by 450+ institutions & 20M+ users

Why Career Access Matters

Student & alumni career assistance that’s lifelong

Let Learners Try New Things

Explore > prototype > get hired

Career journeys aren’t linear, which impacts first-year students and experienced alumni alike. Both feel supported when they can discover career options, test their interests, and obtain new opportunities. PeopleGrove is the only platform that lets a university provide all this in one place. 

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Reinventing the Job Feed

Unlock social capital

Who wants to scroll through feeds of advertisements when looking for help? PeopleGrove is the easiest way for students and alumni to get jobs, connecting learners to not just openings, but also to insider alumni who are waiting to help learners get offers. 

Unite the Entire Campus Online

Adoption + engagement + evangelization = growth

To grow your community into a thriving success, we apply the successes we’ve seen with our 450+ partners. The best part? We handle all the work within the platform, so all you have to do is evangelize on your campus and pocket the accolades.

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Helpful for Students & Schools

Student Outcomes with PeopleGrove

70% of students

agree PeopleGrove connections made them more confident in their ability to be successful in the job market¹

1 in 3 students

said they directly received a job or internship through their connections on the platform¹

3 in 4 students

said they look forward to paying it forward & giving advice to other students in PeopleGrove¹

The Benefits of PeopleGrove

How learners describe their experience with our Career Access Platform™

“This community helped me find people with similar interests... Their experiences and stories have inspired and motivated me to work harder in my education.”

“PeopleGrove has helped ease my anxiety about the future and what to do after graduation.”

“It was through [PeopleGrove] that I met my mentor and gained invaluable information that helped me navigate through so many career unknowns.”

A Measurable Difference

Alumni Outcomes with PeopleGrove

63% of alumni

surveyed in PeopleGrove reported their alumni network has been "helpful" or "very helpful" (only 9% nationally say that)¹

2 in 3 alumni

said they would use the platform to support a future career change¹

31% of alumni

from one institution using PeopleGrove donated to their alma mater (national participation rates are only 9%)¹


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  1. PeopleGrove's 2021-2022 Benchmarks Report