As the latest series of ‘X Factor’ hits our screens and a new swathe of hopefuls receive coaching from some of the best in the music business, online jobs board CV-Library has conducted research amongst a cross-section of over 4,000 UK employees in a bid to discover how they would feel about workplace mentors.
The results were surprising, showing that a whopping 94.1% of UK workers believed that mentoring schemes are valuable to their career progression, yet only 24.8% of professionals are currently offered a mentor by their employer, showing that employees are not getting the career guidance they would like.
The UK professionals surveyed felt that X Factor’s ‘Mr. Nasty’ Simon Cowell has the mentoring ‘X-Factor’, with over half of UK workers (54.5%) listing him as their favourite mentor when ranked against his X-Factor peers, seemingly the controversial judge’s honesty is something professionals would welcome.
Whilst most of those surveyed seemed to prefer more experienced mentors, experience rather than age seemed to be the issue, with 72.9% of workers saying they’d still be comfortable with a younger mentor. New mentor Nick Grimshaw came in last, with 42% admitting they would avoid him altogether!
- When asked who would help advance their careers the fastest, even more professionals voted for Simon with 73.9% putting their faith in his abilities
- However it’s not all about career success, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini comes in at the top with 30% of votes when asked who would be the best to work with in an office
“It’s clear that workers want more guidance in their careers and they seek that support from someone who has proven success,” comments Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. “Nick and Rita have been left behind in favour of their more seasoned colleagues, as workers admit they’d prefer a mentor with solid experience in their field.”
Biggins adds, “This time of year the X-Factor bug sweeps the nation, but all fun aside, the show brings to light the important role a mentor plays in one’s career. It’s disappointing to learn that mentor schemes are so rare across the UK – just as hopefuls on the show need support to develop into successful artists, UK workers need guidance at all stages of their career to foster growth and continued success. Whether you look for a mentor at work or elsewhere, take a career tip from the X-Factor and find yourself a Simon Cowell!”