Mentor Me

Monster record demand for mentoring.

Mentor Me

UK & Europe

Research from, shows nearly three quarters of Brits (72 per cent) don’t have a mentor to help guide them through their careers. While over a quarter (28 per cent) say they want a mentor, nearly a fifth (19 per cent) admit they have no idea how to go about finding one. A further nine per cent say even though they’re actively looking for a mentor they haven’t been able to find the right person.

Those starting out in their careers were most likely to want a mentor with 41 per cent of 18-35 year olds saying they would like a mentor, compared to 27 per cent of 27-50 year olds and 14 per cent of people aged 50+. The survey also revealed that those working in a smaller company were most likely to have a mentor, or want one.

The research highlights the role mentoring can play in tackling gender representation issues, particularly in fields with less female role models – 15 per cent of those surveyed agreed that business should offer mentorship programmes, in particular aimed at women in business. A fifth of HR professionals polled agreed that introducing a workplace mentoring programme would help towards achieving gender equality in businesses, it’s also widely acknowledged that programmes like this work to improve self-confidence amongst participants. 

The research found that the UK is trailing behind its EU counterparts when it comes to supporting mentoring – 63 per cent of French employees, 59 per cent of German employees and 56 per cent in the Netherlands have mentors vs 28 per cent in the UK.

“Everyone could benefit from the increased career confidence being mentored offers, and our research shows that young people in particular are crying out for one,” said VP of marketing Europe at, Sinead Bunting. “Finding a mentor can help you lay out your goals and receive advice from someone who has ‘been there, done it’. However, the main hurdle people face is finding a mentor in the first place and having the tools and confidence to approach them.

“Employees and HR both agree that business need to do more to build mentoring into the fabric of the company. After all studies have shown that this leads to a more confident, empowered and productive workforce and significantly improves retention of employees. It’s a win, win.”

When asked, 18 per cent of Brits would like Barack Obama as their dream career mentor, compared to only three per cent who would prefer current President of the United States, Donald Trump. Theresa may came 15th in the list behind Kim Kardashian and Mark Zuckerberg, who despite the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal came 7th.


Most popular celebrity mentors

1.       Barack Obama

2.       Richard Branson

3.       Stephen Fry

4.       Emma Watson

5.       Oprah Winfrey

6.       Ellen DeGeneres

7.       Mark Zuckerberg

8.       Jeremy Corbyn

9.       Beyoncé

10.   Kim Kardashian

11.   Anthony Joshua

12.   Victoria Beckham

13.   Donal Trump

14.   Serena Williams

15.   Theresa May








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