4 Career lessons you can learn from your parents

13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

4 Career lessons you can learn from your parents

© Maaike Oude Geerdink 4 Career lessons you can learn from your parents

Parents, where would we be without them? From helping with your homework to giving life lessons if you have a heartache. We are happy to ask them for advice and support. But also when it comes to careers?


Research by LinkedIn shows that we often do not ask for the wisdom of our parents when it comes to career. One in three parents does not understand what their child does for a living and more than one third does not share their professional advice.

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Four advice

How does this come about? Parents are often stopped because they do not understand exactly what work their child does. That's why LinkedIn's Director of Communications, Ngaire Moyes, shares the four opinions that parents think are the most important to boost your career. Are they coming:

1. Do you see mistakes as opportunities

Nearly half (43%) of the parents who participated in the study think that problem solving is the most useful professional skill that they can pass on to their children. Errors can be unpleasant or embarrassing, but they also offer an opportunity to learn and develop.

2. Tidy life, tidy mind The research shows that 42 percent of parents think their children should focus more on organizational skills. Make sure your LindedIn profile is up-to-date and that you clean it every few months. And maintain your contacts.

3. Do not lose your integrity It may not be a 'skill' in itself, but more than a third of parents believe that integrity is the key to success at work. In conversations with potential employers, it is always best to be transparent. Show what you can do with your experience and achievements and avoid the temptation to exaggerate.

4. Work to live, but not live for work We are all looking for the perfect balance between work and our private life. And this is often a challenge to get that done. Rather go for a number of different part-time positions where you can put your passion into, than limit yourself to one job that you don't like.