Mentors can provide invaluable assistance to an individual who is seeking career advice and guidance. In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they have ever had a career mentor. Most respondents answered yes (69.2%), but 23.1% said no, and 7.7% were unsure.
Grad school, yes; career no. I think the responses you get are going to depend on the responders concept of "mentoring".
I had a mentor (the Ph.D. chemist/manager who hired me) when I took my first job as a Ph.D. chemist 35 years ago. We shared a lab, worked together on several projects and then went our separate ways after a corporate downsizing reached out and grabbed both of us. Today we remain the best of friends and continue to keep in touch.
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