Mentorship can give professionals an accessible roadmap for their careers that can help take some of the guess-work out of deciding their future.
Professionals Questioned About Which Mentorship Do They Want The Most
On Blind, the largest anonymous professional network, a professional at McKinsey asked the platform, "What do you wish you had a mentor for?"
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According to data gathered by Blind, Career growth (e.g., career pivots, interview prep) is what most professionals want a mentor for (27%). This is followed by:
- Leadership development (17%)
- Interpersonal skills (e.g., influencing, managing up) (16%)
- Mindset (motivation, confidence, resilience) (9%)
- Productivity and time management (7%)
- Professional fulfillment and happiness (7%)
- Workload (overload, work-life balance) (6%)
Professionals working in the finance industry value mentorship for interpersonal skills more, while professionals in tech value mentorship in leadership development more.
A Microsoft professional on Blind shared they'd like mentorship on "How to prepare for technical design discussions. Bringing the clarity of thoughts."
A Google professional told the Blind platform they needed a mentor to "teach me actual technical skills."
1/3 of Capital One professionals want mentorship regarding their career growth. 1 in 4 Microsoft professionals wants the same.
1 in 4 Adobe professionals and 36% of Netflix professionals want leadership development mentorship.
29% of Lyft and 24% of IBM professionals want mentorship to develop their interpersonal skills.
As we all continue working at a physical distance from each other, professionals might start to feel disconnected from personal and professional relationships. Having a mentor can help keep professionals afloat until we are back in the office.