All of us have turned to our parents for support at some point in our lives, they’ve been there and done it and have invaluable insights to share, but how many of us look to them for career advice?
Although we may recognise the value of our parents’ knowledge, we don’t always stake the opportunity to learn from their professional experience.
In fact, almost half (43%) of us believe our parents have useful professional advice to share, but over a third of parents don’t pass that on. What’s holding them back? Lack of understanding about their child’s job is a large part, along with concerns that their advice is no longer valid in today’s workplace and an assumption that their offspring will simply ignore it.
Although there’s no substitute for asking your parents, these are the skills and attributes they believe hold the most value in the workplace:
- Problem solving – Nearly half of the parents we surveyed thought that improved problem solving skills would help their child in their career. The ability to resolve and overcome challenging issues is a skill that’s vital in almost every career.
- Be organised – 42% of parents believe their children could benefit from improved organisational skills. Our ability to keep our working life well-ordered has a dramatic impact on our professional performance and, for most of us, is a skill we learn over time.
- Keep it real – A significant number of parents list “integrity” as a fundamental characteristic for career success. They’re right: being honest pays when it comes to getting ahead, whether it’s in the workplace, in an interview or on your LinkedIn profile.
- Be smart with your time – As the working world evolves at a rapid pace we’re all seeking the perfect work-life balance so identify activities that provide maximum ROI. We can take a leaf out of our parents’ book by calling rather than emailing colleagues – it’s an opportunity to build relationship, get the job done and can be more efficient.
- If at first you don’t succeed – Of the parents we spoke to over a third wanted to give their child the strength to “never give up.” Tenacity in pursuing a promotion or career change pays dividends.
Despite the complexity of today’s career landscape, one of the richest sources of professional guidance, inspiration and wisdom may be closer to home than you think.
Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEA