Having trouble finding a job? Have you considered bringing mom or dad to your next interview? Or perhaps asking them to ask their buddies to give you a job? If you’re anything like a recently surveyed sample of 18-24 year olds, your answer may be yes!
The survey, conducted by researchers at Adecco USA and reported by CBS News, found that the “Over-invested parents are doing everything from accompanying their adult children to job interviews to writing their thank-you notes after an interview.”
While parents might think they’re helping their kids, research shows this kind of helicopter parenting is actually bad for kids. As I describe in a previous post, research by sociologists LeMoyne and Buchanan found that the college-aged children of helicopter parents do not fare well: they have higher rates of drug use and lower rates of psychological well-being compared to those without helicopter parents.
That helicopter parents do more harm than good never seems to surprise anyone in the childfree community. Someone might want to let parents in on the secret.
How helicopter parents muscle in on kids’ job searches
By MONEYWATCH / May 1, 2014, 6:15 AM
As American students graduate this spring from high school and college and enter their working years, there’s one thing many of them won’t be leaving behind: their helicopter parents.
Almost four out of 10 Americans between 18 to 24 years old say their parents are involved in their search for employment, according to a survey from Adecco Staffing. Over-invested parents are doing everything from accompanying their adult children to job interviews to writing their thank-you notes after an interview, the study found.
“It’s unbelievable right now how much parents are taking an interest and doing a lot of the work in getting their children a job,” Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing U.S., said in an interview. Parents are “enabling those kids and not creating a generation of doers.”
Read the full article here.