Upskilling Program Preferred By 79% Of Indian Professionals

Survey shows mentorship can help close the uncertainty gap amidst Covid-19

As more people work from home because of the ongoing pandemic, the need for mentor-led, career-focused partnership is exactly what today’s career-changers and job-seekers need, reveals India’s first mentorship survey from Springboard, a leading online platform for workforce upskilling. The current transition to remote work, has significantly impacted career growth and development prospect for many in India. From leaders to job seekers, there is a pressing need to rethink how growth and develop is perceived. Virtual men-toring programs can fill the major gaps in the current job market and help people across the world achieve their career goals.

The preliminary results of the survey revealed that not every professional could distinguish between teaching and mentoring. Mentoring and teaching are equally important but when it comes to professional learning and development, the process matters. So, should they go for a teacher, a mentor, or both? As per the survey, 62.7% of professionals prefer to take an upskilling program that gives them access to a men-tor. The survey reveals that a whopping 87.9% respondents think access to a seasoned mentor can profoundly boost their career success and trajectory while 79.4% feel that one of the best ways to transition to a position in a new industry is with the help of a mentor. Having access to an experienced mentor helps professionals identify and bridge their skill gaps and expedite knowledge acquisition to achieve their career goals. On being asked about challenges in one’s career growth, 41.9% of professionals chose ‘the need of a mentor to guide them’. The survey also revealed that 46.4 % respondents were unable to find a mentor that suited their needs.

“The survey has brought to the fore many points. Firstly, intentional mentorship programs have a definite impact on filling the opportunity gap that keeps people from advancing within organizations or while changing jobs. Secondly, there is a great potential in every professional looking to upskill – they just need to be directed and guided in the right manner. Our survey has shown us that, while content and certifica-tion are just the tip of the iceberg and can help a professional grow only to a certain extent whereas effective mentoring can do wonders by applying that knowledge at the right place, in the right manner. To succeed, good mentoring is of utmost importance, it is also one of the strongest areas which people misunderstand as teaching. A mentor is someone you can look up to at any point in your life in terms of profes-sional and personal support. They can facilitate your success in your career and beyond,’ said Vivek Kumar, Managing Director, Springboard India.

“The concept of mentoring has always been in existence, however people’s understanding on mentorship is still unclear. Most professionals do not see expected growth in their career as they miss out on one crucial aspect in their skilling journey which is mentorship and learning from the experiences and real-world learnings of their mentors. It’s also a fact that dedicated mentors who will support one throughout the career path are hard to identify,” Vivek added.

The survey broadly underscores the missing link between the professionals and their career goals and lays emphasis on mentorship being a significant part of success throughout their career. Springboard has endeavoured to fill this gap by not only focusing on the content of up-skilling programs but also getting people where they want to be, by providing them effective career guidance from top industry experts. It is not just the learners’ aiming to ace in their career by taking up upskilling courses, to enable them to achieve their goals, Springboard offers 1:1 mentorship-led job guarantee programs in AI-ML, data science, data analytics and UI/UX where demand exceeds availability of talent.

Speaking about the survey Springboard mentor, Dipanjan SarkarSME and data science lead at an MNC  said “Springboard’s mentorship sur-vey comes at a very apt time and unearths ambiguities attached to upskilling on EdTech platforms, especially when it seems to be the norm for the future. The survey highlights a significant problem associated with career advancement; a staggering 41.9% of respondents have stressed ‘inaccessibility to a professional mentor’ as an overriding reason that has kept them from achieving their desired career growth. Men-tors can profoundly boost a mentee’s career path, by offering them a wealth of knowledge, experience, and guidance that can help them nav-igate through challenging times, such as this. In the IT industry, the talent demand for remote jobs will continue to grow and new trends will create new opportunities. As experienced mentors, we see a clear indication that online learning complemented with a 1:1 mentorship pro-gram can help mentees meet their career goals. Careers in emerging technologies (DS, AI/ML, DA, UI/UX) are here to stay, and having a mentor who is already an expert in the field can equip mentees to remain on top of their game.”

There has never been a more important time for professionals to focus on their career considering the companies around the world are suddenly transitioning to remote work, which can potentially impact their growth. Springboard’s mentorship survey was conducted to evaluate the perception of mentoring. Survey covered 500+ professionals from various professions across metro cities in India, their experience level ranging from entry (44%) to the director (2.1%) level.

The current pandemic has pre-empted the heightened need for people to seek mentoring while learning. While 69.4% of respondents feel that re-skilling is closely linked to career growth, 79% are willing to take up a re-skilling program that gives them 1:1 access to the mentors. Valuable mentoring takes effort and establishing effective mentoring relationships requires certain skills and structure from both the mentor and the mentee. When both sides take responsibility and commitment to make it work – that is when success strikes.

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