CUTTING THE PARENTAL APRONSTRINGS
While most students are more than happy for mum and dad to take an interest in their lives, a new survey shows they are less appreciative of parents’ interference in their careers.
Gen Y graduates welcome parental interest and support for their careers but are less happy when the interest spills over into interference, according to the latest poll undertaken by the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB).
According to the 600 students and graduates who participated in the survey, carried out by the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB), one in four (25 per cent) wished that their parents would not get involved in their career plans. This percentage increased dramatically when students were faced with a number of scenarios based on actual cases of parents getting involved in a ‘hands-on’ manner. 58 per cent would be unhappy with parents accompanying them to careers fairs, 87 per cent would object to parents negotiating salaries with employers, and a massive 97 per cent would resist parents attending job interviews and would not want their parents to question an employer as to why their child might have been overlooked for promotion.
Commenting on the findings, GRB’s co-founder, Dan Hawes, said: ‘There has been a lot of publicity lately about helicopter parents who hover over their children even after graduation from university. The results of this survey suggest that the graduates themselves take a very sensible view on parental involvement. They welcome their interest and support but strongly disapprove of parents being too hands-on. They certainly like them to help behind the scenes but they make sure they have the last word! This will come as a relief to employers who understandably expect ‘twentysomethings’ to be able to take control of their own life and career without relying on parents to fight their corner for them.’
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