Professionals' use of different mentor sources at various career stages: implications for career success

J Soc Psychol. 2000 Oct;140(5):549-64. doi: 10.1080/00224540009600495.

Abstract

The authors investigated the various sources of mentors used by professionals, how these sources influenced both objective and subjective career success, and whether the participants used different sources of mentors at different stages of their careers. According to data from 430 faculty members at 2 U.S. research institutions, assistant professors with mentors in their professions, associate professors with mentors outside the work place, and professors with mentors within their organizations had the highest levels of objective career success. Assistant professors with multiple sources of mentors yielded significantly higher levels of both objective and subjective career success than did those with single sources or no mentor. If one links professorial rank to career stage, the results suggest that the participants used different sources of mentors at different stages of their careers.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adult
  • Career Mobility*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mentors*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychology, Social / education*