Today, the concept of mentorship seems almost commonplace.
Many successful entrepreneurs – from Oprah Winfrey to the late Steve Jobs – have testified to the invaluable role mentorship played in their careers. Approximately 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies have initiated some type of formal mentoring program, according to Success magazine, and the idea is apparently so popular that some enthusiasts have crafted entire Pinterest boards filled with inspiring mentorship quotes. “Keep Calm and Mentor On” anyone?
Yet, a recent Accountemps survey on the prevalence of mentorship would seem to suggest that finding an actual mentor – a handpicked career sage willing to devote real time and personal interest to helping you navigate your career path – is a much more elusive quest.
While 86 percent of the more than 2,200 CFOs surveyed said having a mentor is somewhat or very important for career development, only 26 percent of professionals said they actually have a mentor, according to Accountemps, a division of Robert Half that specializes in temporary staffing for accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals.
Those numbers dip even more precipitously when broken down along gender lines. Only 18 percent of female professionals interviewed said they have a mentor, compared to 33 percent of male respondents.
About Deanna Arteaga
Deanna Arteaga is a professional freelance writer and public relations specialist who for the past six years has covered CPA industry trends for AccountingWEB. She also writes about CPA firm marketing, higher education and professional development for CPAs, and workplace trends in the accounting profession. She has more than 20 years of journalism and public relations experience, including her tenure as a former newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago where she covered breaking news, municipal politics, and state legislative issues.