75% of Parents Say: Don’t Follow My Career Path

75% of Parents Say: Don’t Follow My Career Path

Only one in four working parents want their kids to pursue the same profession or career path as they did, according to a survey conducted for Adecco, the staffing and consulting firm, in April. MarketWatch reports that the figure breaks down to 28% for dads and 21% for moms.

“Most working people want their children to do something substantially easier than they did, and substantially better paid than they did,” said James Galbraith, an economist at the University of Texas at Austin. Given that many jobs are being phased out because of the recession, many parents want their children to have the job security and money that comes with a more modern job in a growing field.

Even though even more moms caution parents against following in their footsteps than dads do, the occupations with the largest expected growth in terms of quantity are dominated by women, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s employment-growth projections for 2008 to 2018. (You can read the projects by clicking here.)┬áThe top three occupations in terms of projected employment growth are registered nurses, home health aides, and customer service representatives.

“Everybody wants their children to do better than they do,” said Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress. “If mom is a home health aide or has an office job she has a dream her kids will rise above her situation in life.”

Moms might also hold back from recommending these jobs because of the lower wages that accompany them. “Typically, male-dominated occupations pay more than female-dominated occupations at similar skill levels,” according to an April report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Another factor in the wage disparity is that women are often less aggressive when it comes to asking for raises.

Would you follow your parents’ career path, or recommend your kids to follow you? I think the key is to be supportive (but realistic) about career choices. Happiness is more important than money!

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