Archive for September, 2013

Don’t worry, there isn’t anything wrong with your eyes, and this isn’t a joke, or an early news of the weird post.   According to several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, it is starting to become acceptable for young adults, specifically new college grads, to bring their parents along on job interviews. Companies like Northwestern Mutual have stated that they are fine with this practice.  Google now hosts a “take your parents to work day” every year.  Some companies are even allowing parents to help in the negotiation of salary and are giving them progress reports… Really??  A 22 year old getting a report card to give to his mother from his JOB?

Experts who study “millennials,” a term used to describe people born from 1981 through the early 2000s, say that this generation has been coddled by their parents way more than generations before it.   I can personally agree with this theory.  Things are run differently now.  Most high school graduates go straight from their bedroom to a college dorm.  They still rely on Mom & Dad for financial support, they still hang out with friends in a classroom setting, and they return home to their childhood bedroom for summer vacation. It’s easy to still feel like a kid during this time.  In most ways, life doesn’t change for a person until after college.  You are in this in-between stage of child and adult.  I can also see how the downturn of the economy plays into this.  It used to be that children moved out of their parents’ place at an earlier age.  Now it is not uncommon for people in their 20s or even 30s to still be living at home.

Despite all of the speculation as to why this is happening, the important question is:

Is this way of thinking beneficial? 

In my opinion, no, no, no, (did I mention NO?)  If this is truly the direction the job interview process is headed, we as a society are in trouble.  When I was 16 I got a job at a grocery store. Do you think I brought my mother?  No way.  I would not have been offered the job, even though I actually was a kid.  How a hiring manager can hire someone who cannot even go through the process of an interview by themselves is beyond me.  After all, Mom & Dad will not be there on Monday morning to help you learn to use the fax machine, take phone calls, deal with the social aspects of the workplace, and on, and on, and on.

It really comes down to this.  Growing up may be hard to do, but it has to happen sometime.  Companies who are not only allowing, but encouraging young adults to directly involve their parents and their jobs create a road block to that goal.  I was truly shocked when I came across this new trend and thought at first that it must certainly be a joke.  As I researched further, I began to get worried.  Even though only about 8% of Americans are currently following this practice, according to my research the trend is growing. What’s next?  Bringing the entire family along to an interview to get everyone’s approval? I mean, shouldn’t we make sure the applicant’s grandmother and 6 year old cousin are happy with the salary offer? Sheesh.  We go to college to learn life skills and how to be successful in the job force.  Stunting that process is ridiculous, wasteful, and just sad.

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