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Chapter 5. A Growing Trend

Corporate recruiters report that would-be job applicants, particularly for high-tech firms, are asking if their prospective employers have a mentoring program. Years ago such a question would have been most unlikely, yet today it seems quite sensible.

Young people say they want to do good work—work that is interesting, challenging, and will keep their skills up to date. When a given technology can become obsolete in six to eighteen months, guided, focused learning is essential. Mentoring is often seen as a way to stay current professionally, to keep in touch with what is going on in the organization, and to make an important contribution through individual and team efforts.


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