Linkedin warns of poor job counseling from parents to children

On the occasion of Take your parents to work day (Bring in Your Parents Day), whose second edition will take place on next November 5, Linkedin, the world's largest professional network, which has more than 6 million users in Spain and more than 300 million in the world, has just carried out a worldwide study in which the scarce relationship of the parents with the work world of their children.

The poor professional advice of parents to children

This study has revealed some interesting facts about how the world of work is lived as a family, and among them, it stands out that a third of the parents do not understand what their children are professionally engaged in. Specifically, more than half, 55%, admit that they are not very familiar with the work their children do to earn a living and that prevents them from being able to give them valuable advice about their professional career.


However, almost 70 percent of Spanish workers consider that their parents have professional knowledge and skills that are very valuable and from which they could benefit. And in this sense, Linkedin warns that parents may be distancing themselves too soon in terms of the support and professional guidance they bring to their children, as is clear from their latest global study.

For 69 percent of workers, their parents' career advice stops when they get their first job, even though 64 percent of employees would like their parents to have offered them some kind of necessary guidance a specific theme throughout his career. In addition, at least one third of the professionals surveyed acknowledge that they would have liked to benefit from more general professional guidance from their parents.


Spanish respondents indicate that 34 percent of workers say they did not receive enough professional advice from their parents and 17 percent say that their parents stopped advising them too soon.

On the other hand, 43 percent of Spanish parents think that they should never stop counseling their children, and 16 percent believe that the ideal time to let their children fly in the workplace is once they have found a stable position. Finally, 7 percent of respondents admit that they have never advised their children about their professional career.

Reasons not to interfere with the children's professional career

A large majority of parents, 45 percent, believe they have an opinion to offer, but refrain from sharing it for different reasons:
1. 60% believe that children should make their own decisions in adulthood
2. 31% do not want to interfere
3. 21% believe that their children would feel upset or offended


However, in Spain, 35% of parents recognize that they have certain skills and knowledge of the workplace that they could share with their children. The main one is perseverance for almost 50% of parents, 46% speak of the ability to solve problems and 40% believe that it could teach the ability to work as a team. However, they have not shared it with their children due to the changes in the working world (32%), or because of the little predisposition of their children to listen to them (22%).

The impact of parental advice at the labor level

Both 65 percent of parents and 62 percent of workers believe that parents in Spain have a very strong impact on their children's career, as they have helped them in many ways during their learning period and throughout of his professional life. Seventy percent of parents have financially supported their children during their training and a third of parents have taught their children skills they now use.

Curiously, 1 in 10 workers has got a job interview thanks to their parents. Spanish workers recognize the contributions their parents have made to their careers, in fact, 8 out of 10 working children admit to having thanked their parents for the help and support provided.

Marisol Nuevo Espín

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