Your Parents Have Good Advice, Too

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Are you at a point in your life where you still rely on your parents for things? Many Millennials still live at home or are supported by Mom and Dad. It’s hard to take the big leap of independence when they’re so willing to help out.

However, while it’s great to have parents who want to help, sometimes it can get annoying when they try to give you advice on your future.

Though it may not seem like it, your parents can actually give you great advice in this area. In celebration of Parents’ Day (July 31), here’s why your parents can give you good advice about your career:

They have your best interest in mind. 

Your parents want you to succeed. They want you to find a job you love. They want you to earn a good living. They want you to do well in life. So, when your parents give you career advice, they are genuinely trying to help.

They’ve been there (sort of). 

They are pretty far along in their careers, so they’ve been in the entry-level position you’re in now. The word may have been a little different back then, but the basics have remained the same. They’ve had to deal with their fair share of networking, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Though it may be different now with social media and other new technology, you can still learn a lot from their experiences.

They know lots of professionals. 

Sometimes your parents will offer to put in a good word for you with their boss or have a friend do it. There is absolutely no shame in getting your parents’ help in landing a job. Let them talk you up at work. In the end, you’ll earn the job because of your skills and experience. Your parents will have just helped you get that little edge up.

A lot of people will argue that parents can’t give objective advice, but the truth is, sometimes advice from your parents is exactly what you need. Celebrate Parents’ Day by asking yours for help.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received from your parents?

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