Two-thirds of all parents don’t know what are job roles of their children

Calif I Mumbai: LinkedIn Corporation, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, released recently a new global study that examines the relationship between professionals and their parents and found several trends indicating a generational gap at work, including a lack of understanding about their children’s jobs and a lack of communication about how proud they really.

In the report LinkedIn revealed that almost half (49 percent) of all parents believe they wouldn’t be able to do their child’s job for a day, and a lack of understanding of their role (cited by 69 percent) could be the reason why. Buzzwords, Skills and Basic Knowledge are main causes for making parents confused.

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Almost half (46 percent) of parents are baffled by the buzzwords and lingo their child uses when talking about their job, while 28 percent think they would lack the relevant skills and knowledge to do the role. Fifteen percent confess to not knowing their child’s job title or even what company they work for.

The LinkedIn’s report mentioned that parents also believe their children have more opportunities in the workplace than they did — 56 percent of mothers believe their daughters have more opportunities to progress in their careers. Meanwhile, over half (53 percent) of parents think their child earns more than they did at their age, and 32 percent think their kids are on track to be much more successful in their career.

The study also showed that parents misunderstand some of the top jobs available today:

UI designer (80%)

Actuary (73%)

Data scientist (72%)

Social media manager (67%)

Sub editor (66%)

Radio producer (62%)

Sociologist (60%)

Investment banker (59%)

Software developer (58%)

Fashion designer (57%)

“It’s very clear that parents are proud of their child at work, yet they don’t understand the specifics of their professional world,” says Pat Wadors, SVP of Global Talent, LinkedIn. “We are thrilled to be able to inspire hundreds of companies worldwide to help connect parents to their children’s professional lives just by opening up our workplace for a day.”

The research was commissioned by LinkedIn and conducted by Censuswide.  The survey examined 16,529 parents between Oct. 4 and Oct. 17, 2016, in the following countries: UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, France, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and India.

To bridge the gap between parents and their children, LinkedIn hosted its annual Bring in Your Parents Day initiative,  on 4 November 2016.

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