Monday, 26 October 2021 09:03

Scots want office mentor like Simon Cowell

Scots want office mentor like Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has the mentoring “X Factor” according to Scotland’s professionals, who are demanding more access to mentors in the workplace.

As the TV show contestants reach the final stages of the competition, the UK’s largest job site, CV-Library, polled more than 4,000 UK employees to get their views on workplace mentors – and which of the X Factor panellists would make the best coach.

The polls found that employees’ needs often aren’t addressed when it comes to career guidance, and that Scottish workers respect honest advice from veteran professionals.

94.1% of Scottish workers believe that mentoring schemes are valuable to career progression, but less than one quarter of them are offered a mentor by their employer.

Despite his nickname of “Mr. Nasty,” Simon Cowell’s honesty made him Scotland’s favourite mentor, with 50.9% listing him as their first choice when ranked against his X Factor peers. Even more Scots – 70.75% - said he would also advance their careers the fastest.

Meanwhile Nick Grimshaw ranked last, with 43.1% admitting they would avoid him altogether.

And aside from career success, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini came in top with a third of the votes, when asked who would be best to work with in an office.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s clear that employees in Scotland want more guidance in their careers and they seek that support from someone who has proven success. 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.

“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 Scotland – 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.”

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