A good mentor can mean the difference between career success and stagnation, but there's a caveat: even the most visionary leader won't be much use to you, if the relationship isn't right.
Finding a college professor to mentor you may not be easy, unless you’re a white male or at least appear to be one by name alone. In a recent study of more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools, researchers found that professors were more likely to deny opportunities to women and minorities -- a bias that appears after only knowing a student's name. This is especially evident in faculty linked to more lucrative professions.
According to a study in 2010 by the Center for Talent Innovation (FKA the Center for Work-Life Policy), nearly two-thirds of men in senior positions and half of junior female employees, were nervous about and avoided one-on-one contact with each other out of fear of being accused of some sort of sexual interest or affair. Is it true that we have turned into a society that cannot work together because of the fear that someone will be accused of making a move on their co-workers?