What Are Helicopter Parents Up To?

We came across several interesting graphics about helicopter parents. These graphics give some indication as to what the so called helicopter parents are doing in terms of shepherding their children through the job search process. These graphics are the screen grabs from a report that came from Michigan State University. Here’s the graphics (I put the most interesting one first).

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 1 shows a list of 9 possible job search or work related activities that helicopter parents undertake on behalf of their children. The information in this graphic was the results of surveying more than 700 employers that were in the process of hiring recent college graduates. Nearly one-third of these employers indicated that parents had submitted resumes on behalf of their children, sometimes without the knowledge of their children. About one quarter of the employers in the sample reported that they saw parents trying to urge these companies to hire their children!

To me, the most interesting point is that about 4% of these employers reported that parents actually showed up for the interviews! Maybe these companies should hire the parents instead! Which companies do not like job candidates that are enthusiastic and show initiative?

Figures 2 and 3 present the same information in different format. One is a pie chart and the other is bar graph. Both break down the survey responses according to company size. The upshot: large employers tend to see more cases of helicopter parental involvement in their college recruiting. This makes sense since larger companies tend to have regional and national brand recognition. Larger companies also tend to recruit on campus more often than smaller companies.

Any interested reader can read more about this report that came out of Michigan State University. I found this report through a reporting in npr.org called Helicopter Parents Hover in the Workplace.

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