'Majority of parents unfamiliar with their kid's job profile'

Sep 12 2013, 21:28 IST
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One in three parents in India say they are unfamiliar with what their child does for a living, says a survey. Reuters One in three parents in India say they are unfamiliar with what their child does for a living, says a survey. Reuters
SummaryOne in three parents in India say they are unfamiliar with what their child does for a living, says a survey.

One in three parents in India say they are unfamiliar with what their child does for a living, says a survey.

This makes it challenging for the parents to provide the right advice to support their child's professional success, says the global survey by professional networking site LinkedIn.

Professions like Lumberjack (75 per cent), User Interface designer (64 per cent) and Actuary (64 per cent) were the "most misunderstood jobs" in India as a majority of parents weren't confident in their ability to describe these jobs.

Interestingly, 90 per cent of the Indian respondents parents agreed it would be beneficial to the child, if they had a better understanding of what he/she did at the job.

Indian parents also found it difficult to comprehend the nature of jobs like radio producer (59 per cent), care nurse (55 per cent), fire-fighter (55 per cent), sub editor (52 per cent), veterinarian (52 per cent) and data scientist (51 per cent).

About 37 per cent of Indian parents surveyed said they would like their children to pursue a career path similar to theirs, which was the majority view globally.

However, contrary to popular belief, only 28 per cent of Indian parents said they want their children to become doctors, while 40 per cent said they would like to see their children employed in a finance-related jobs, making it one of the most coveted profession.

Interestingly, one per cent of the parents surveyed said they want their children to become politicians.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn today announced organising a global event -- LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day -- on November 7, 2013.

As part of the event, LinkedIn is encouraging professionals to invite their parents into their workplace to provide them with a first-hand look and greater understanding of what they actually do every day.

"With a plethora of options available to professionals today, it is plausible to say that most parents may not completely comprehend what their children really do at work each day," LinkedIn India Country Manager Nishant Rao said.

By introducing this event, LinkedIn is attempting to bridge the gap between parents and their children, he added.

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn has 225 million members worldwide. In India, it has over 20 million users.

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