First of all I would like to thank Gilbert Morlet and Grégory Bouadroune, the co-directors of Alterval, for inviting me to publish this article on their blog. Here is an introductory column that will allow you to discover how mentoring is used on the other side of the Atlantic. _

In spring 2008, we carried out a survey in which 218 people participated (students, professionals, etc.), aiming to establish their interest in taking part in a university training course in mentoring, as well as their concerns regarding the course. Over the next few months I will present some of the results on this blog.

The survey shows that for 74.3% of those questioned, the main reason for wanting to take part in this type of training was in order to use mentoring in a professional context.

Furthermore the survey reveals that the main concern regarding this type of training, mentioned by 77.1% of those questioned, is developing professional skills.

These results are pleasing, as they show that the field of business is becoming more and more aware of the value of mentoring in staff training.

During my research on mentoring, the one observation that has always applied is that the way mentoring is perceived and used varies according to culture. I would be interested to know if you think the results of this kind of survey would be different in your culture.

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Over to you!

Danièle Boulard