Michigan State University surveyed more than 700 employers seeking to hire recent college graduates. Nearly one-third said parents had submitted resumes on their child’s behalf, some without even informing the child. One-quarter reported hearing from parents urging the employer to hire their son or daughter for a position. Four percent of respondents reported that a parent actually showed up for the candidate’s job interview.
From an NPR story by Jennifer Ludden about how helicopter parents have graduated from college to the workplace. In the context of what we’re hearing from PIN sources about perceptions of a declining work ethic, it’s hard to know whether to shake our heads at the kids who won’t apply themselves (pun intended) or the parents who think it helps to do it for them. (Jeff Jones)
Helicopter parents’ over-participation extends to the workforce.