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The Biggest Career Mistake May be Not Having a Mentor

New research shows the power of mentors in driving career success.

New York, NY, April 03, 2014 --( Ivy Exec has matched over 2,000 professionals with mentors.

About 90 percent of professionals who have mentors say they’ve made a positive difference in their careers. Of those executives who haven’t had a mentor, 88 percent agree one would boost their careers, according to a new survey from Ivy Exec.

Ivy Exec, a career resource company that has matched over 2,000 professionals with mentors so far, found that the biggest reasons people don’t have mentors is that their companies don’t have a formal program, or they don’t know how to approach potential mentors.

“My own great experiences with mentors when I launched my company prompted me to build Ivy Exec’s mentor network,” says Elena Bajic, CEO and founder of Ivy Exec. “No matter where you are in your career, a mentor can help you shorten your learning curve so you can continue to grow and explore opportunities. We make finding a mentor easy.”

In its survey of executives from a wide range of industries, Ivy Exec also found:

Almost 60% have had one or two mentors, and 40% have had three or more over their careers.

Most executives have informal mentors who are not affiliated with a program at their companies or schools.

Business strategy, decision making and work/life balance issues are the most common topics of mentoring sessions, with job search strategy and help with compensation or negotiation following closely behind.

Ivy Exec’s mentor network is a community-based program designed to provide career guidance to professionals who find themselves at a career crossroads. Ivy Exec mentors have at least 15 years of experience and volunteer to work one-on-one with protégés.

About Ivy Exec

As a career resource company for high-achieving executives, Ivy Exec provides job search and career building resources including its unique mentor network, consultative advisory services, a curated executive job board and original content. As a technology enabled recruitment firm, Ivy Exec also offers companies flexible, customized search solutions and helps companies tap top talent by mining its proprietary member database and publicizing their employment brands to an engaged audience.

To learn more about Ivy Exec’s mentoring program, contact Gayle Rigone at 212-431-3969 or
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