Mentoring Minds Want to Know

Olivet Nazarene University surveyed 3,000 people about professional mentor-mentee relationships to see what they look like in 2019.

Many people attribute part of their professional success to having a mentor. To learn more about why this is, Olivet Nazarene University surveyed 3,000 people about professional mentor-mentee relationships to see what they look like in 2019. Here’s what the survey found:

  • 76% of people think mentors are important, but only 37% of people currently have one.
  • Most people opt for same-sex mentors (69% women, 82% men).
  • People with mentors are happier at their current jobs than those without.
  • Only 14% of mentor relationships started by asking someone to be their mentor; 61% of those relationships developed naturally.
  • The average length of current mentorships is 3.3 years.
  • The frequency of in-person meetings is less than once per month (excluding instances where mentors/mentees interact daily).
  • The average time spent talking per month is 4 hours. For more information, visit: https://online.olivet.edu/research-statisticson-professional-mentors
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