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2650957 - Configuring Custom Picklists for use as Matching Criteria in Mentoring Programs


Custom picklists are now possible and can be used for Matching Criteria in Mentoring Programs.


  • SAP SuccessFactors Career Development
  • SAP SuccessFactors Mentoring



Mentoring is enabled and you're assigned mentoring administrator permissions

If you're using Metadata Framework (MDF) picklists:

  • You're assigned the MDF permission for Configure Object Definition
  • You've added picklists through Picklist Center

If you're using legacy picklists:

  • You're assigned the Manage System Properties permission for Picklist Management and Picklists Mappings Set Up
  • You've added picklists through Picklist Management

Custom picklists created using either the legacy or the Metadata Framework (MDF) tools can be configured for use in mentoring programs.


  1. Go to Admin Center Tools Manage Mentoring Programs

    Creating Custom Picklist in Mentoring Step 1.png

  2. Click on Settings

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  3. On the Custom Picklist Configuration  tab, use the dropdown to select the picklists you want to make available for use in mentoring programs

    Creating Custom Picklist in Mentoring Step 3.png

  4. Assign a Picklist Label and click View Translations (Globe Icon) to view or edit label translations.

    Creating Custom Picklist in Mentoring Step 4.png

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  5. The custom picklist is available when setting up new mentoring programs. When you're creating the mentoring sign-up forms, the custom picklists are listed alphabetically after the standard field picklists

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Standard Picklists in Mentoring Programme Configuration

The following standard picklists are supported. To use these picklists, make sure that they are defined in the data model and that you are granted the necessary permissions. In addition, you can configure custom picklists for use with mentoring programs. Both standard and custom picklists can be used more than once.

  • Competency
  • Department
  • Division
  • Location
  • Gender
  • Job Family
  • Job Role
  • Job Code
  • Job Level
  • Job Title
  • Skill

Standard picklists cannot be removed from the selection in Mentoring program configuration.

Further information on Mentoring Picklists can be found in the Admin Guide.

See Also

  • KB Article 2535471 - Mentoring: Creating Supervised or Unsupervised Programs
  • KB Article 2535422 - Creating Open Enrollment Mentoring Programs


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