When Career Advice Is Coming From Non-white Employees, Everyone Benefits

A DiversityIncBestPractices.com reader survey found that 68% of non-whites feel strongly about receiving career advice from individuals who look like them, while whites don’t mind who the advice comes from.

A DiversityIncBestPractices.com reader survey found that:

• Non-whites are 43% more likely to report having little or no support in their careers than whites.
• College-educated non-whites are less likely to have someone they can ask for career advice than college-educated whites.
• More than a third of all respondents report they are not getting good advice and almost all report they could use more.
• Career advice is something all employees value & non-whites feel strongly about receiving career advice from individuals who look like them, while whites feel the opposite.

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  • I did not take this survey, but I agree with the findings 100%.

    During my graduate studies, I was one of the few people of color in my department, and felt that there was very little support in terms of career advice. The mostly white and often male graduate students were the ones that I saw taken under the wing of faculty, told about opportunities, given support and help with networking. While I too feel that receiving career advice from individuals who had similar backgrounds would have helped tremendously, ANY career advice from any one would have be appreciated. This seems to be a big problem in academia and it transfers to careers.

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