Mumbai: Over two out of five Indian parents would like to do their children’s job, but only 26 per cent think they would perform well at it, a LinkedIn global study on Friday said.
“About 43 per cent Indian parents would like to do their child’s job, but only 26 per cent think they would perform well at it,” online professional network LinkedIn said.
The study is part of LinkedIn’s ‘Bring In Your Parents Day (BIYP)’ initiative aimed at giving parents an opportunity to understand the children’s job role and bridge the generational gap.
The survey examined 16,529 parents between October 4 and 17 in UK, US, Canada, Australia, France, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and India.
The study revealed that more than one in three parents have no idea what their children do at work.
About 58 per cent Indian parents have influenced their child’s decision on taking the first professional job, the study said.
It further indicated that 63 per cent Indian parents have shaped their child’s career choices compared to only 38 per cent globally.
The list of misunderstood jobs by Indian parents includes Actuary (74 per cent), UI (User Interface) Designer (73.5 per cent), Firefighter (64 per cent), Radio Producer (62.5 per cent) and Data Scientist (59 per cent).
The study found that 74 per cent Indian parents are very proud of their children and 43 per cent believe their children will be more successful than they have been.
About 45 per cent parents believe that their children’s workplace gives them an opportunity to learn more skills.
With respect to women professionals, India ranked highest globally with 77 per cent parents believing their daughters have more opportunity to progress than they had.
Seventy five per cent Indian parents stated that they are likely to brag about their child’s professional achievements.
Half the Indian parents were most proud when their children secured their first job and 44 per cent felt proud when their wards got promoted, it added.
“It’s very clear that parents are proud of their child at work, yet they don’t understand the specifics of their professional world,” LinkedIn SVP of Global Talent Pat Wadors said.