To answer a question on CareerVillage you must be registered as a professional or as an educator. Once you've completed that, you should see an input field on each question page where you can input your advice. If you feel that your account needs to be updated to be registered as a professional or educator you can contact the CareerVillage team to request a change. Professionals who use their LinkedIn account to login to CareerVillage have to spend less time setting up their volunteer profile on the site.
Why? We want all answers to come from personal experience as a working professional or as an educator. That ensures that answers are of the highest quality and can be trusted by students to make important decisions.
How old do I have to be to qualify? There's no set age, but the spirit of it is that you have completed your education and are therefore able to speak from experience about your field or career paths. That usually means you've completed high school or college. Giving advice to students is a great way to give back!
(Mason, thank you for asking this question. I think it's really wonderful that you want to give back and help others. There are a lot of ways to help out and give back, and many places where you could volunteer. Here on CareerVillage, we're here to serve you, so you don't have to do any of that. Here are two other ways you could help out here:
(1) Asking GREAT questions is a really awesome way to help out at CareerVillage. It turns out that many students are hesitant to post up a new question, so when you post it for them it really can help because the answers you get will be read by other students.
(2) "Like" the really good stuff on the site. Liking is how the best content rises to the top. Make sure you like the good answers often, so they get more attention.)