Liverpool workers among some
of the most likely to rely on their parents for help with their job search
NEW research from the UK's leading
independent job board, CV Library, has found that 14.5% of workers in Liverpool
have had their parents help them with a job application, with 21.4% of them
admitting that their parents have helped them to write their CV.
The research; which sought to explore the trend of 'Helicopter Parents'
a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of
their children; found that job hunters are increasingly reliant on their
parents to help them throughout their career.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, comments:- "The
Helicopter Parent trend has taken over in recent years and it's fascinating to
hear how job hunters in the City are increasingly reliant on their parents to
help them throughout their careers. Looking for a job can be stressful, so it's
therefore not overly surprising to hear that many candidates are afraid to go at
it alone and it's clear that more support might be needed online to help them
find work, and give them the confidence to embark on a happy and rewarding job
Furthermore, the study found that 8.9% of workers in Liverpool have had their
parents call in sick to work on their behalf, and a further 3.6% admit to having
their parents deal with their boss, in terms of asking for a promotion, a pay
rise, time off, etc.
In addition, 14.8% of Liverpool employees think businesses should make
allowances for candidates who bring their parents to an interview with them,
with 34.5% stating that if they were in charge of hiring, they would hire
someone who brought their parents to an interview; higher than any other City
Biggins continues:- "While it's inevitable that candidates will ask for
advice from their family during the recruitment process, the fact that many are
using their parents to get involved with some of the difficult conversations, or
meetings, is worrying. Nerves can get the better of even the most confident of
people, but it is best for candidates to try and brave interviews by themselves,
as this will help them to come across as a more mature, professional, individual
to prospective employers."
The majority of UK workers (72.1%) think that parents should not get involved in
their child's career, and this sentiment was echoed by 76.8% of workers in
Liverpool. That said the majority of UK workers (84.9%) believe that it's
unprofessional for employees to involve their parents in their working lives,
which was mirrored by 81.5% of workers in Liverpool.
Biggins concludes:- "All in all, any parent will want to help out where
possible when it comes to their children's careers, but it's important to get
the balance right."
Young people facing
disadvantage in Merseyside to be mentored by World Class athletes
A transformational programme where
young people facing disadvantage are mentored by world class athletes is
returning to Merseyside.
The unique 14 month programme Get on Track; delivered by national charity Dame
Kelly Holmes Trust; is being delivered in Liverpool following its success
across other parts of the UK at providing young people facing disadvantage with
the attitudes and capabilities to make positive life choices.
The programme will be led by former GB Skateboarding champion Neil Danns, with
support from local organisation Youth Fed. With the help of athlete mentors,
local young people will learn to develop the high performing attitudes of
confidence, resilience, determination, focus and motivation from the course.
In 2016, 68% of the 16 to 25 year olds, who took part in Get on Track across
the UK entered employment, education or training within 8 months of starting
the programme. Independent research shows that the Trust's transformational
young people programmes have had a combined social value of ₤23 million since
2012 to the UK economy.
Double Gold Olympian and President of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes
said:- "We are delighted to be in Liverpool running our flagship programme
Get on Track, which will help transform the lives of so many people facing
disadvantage across the City. It is independently established that world
class athletes have a unique set of attitudes and capabilities which has led
them to reach the pinnacle of elite level competition. We harness these and use
them to transform the lives of young people who require our support and equip
them with the skills needed to lead positive lives."
GB champion Skateboarder and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Neil Danns,
has been a Dame Kelly Holmes Trust mentor since 2011 and has a worked on a range
of programmes across the North West.
Neil added:- "As an athlete mentor I enjoy being able to give back to
other young people and helping to give them an alternative and more positive
role models and goals to aspire to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust works with young
people from all walks of life who are facing some sort of disadvantage in their
lives and the positive change in individuals from start to finish is exceptional
Double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes, set up her charity in 2008,
which has now reached over 300,000 young people facing disadvantage across
England, Scotland and Wales through its transformational and inspirational
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has committed to support 1,400 young people facing
disadvantage, in Merseyside, over the next 3 years, through its
transformational mentoring programmes led by world class athletes.
Get on Track Merseyside kicks off, on Wednesday, 8 March
2017, in Merseyside, which made
possible due to funding from Sport England.