BC Architectural Firm Job Interviewer Likens Helicopter Parenting To Housing Bubble

“Walking into a job interview with a Canadian architectural firm, a young candidate brings something unexpected: mom.
An employee with the British Columbia company says it was the first time she had seen a parent shadow the hiring process, describing what ensued as “a bit of an awkward situation.” But she adds that there have been at least five or six recent occasions in which a mother or father sat with their grown child in the waiting room before an interview.
According to experts, this could soon become commonplace.

At the B.C. architectural firm where a parent sat in on a candidate’s interview, a staff member – and a mother herself – says she would have been “mortified” had she been in the young person’s shoes.
“I wonder what would happen if we all stopped pushing our kids to succeed and just let natural selection run its course? Sort of like the housing bubble: let the whole thing burst instead of running around to tutors, afterschool programs, language lessons, and lining up to register for sports programs,” said Helen, who asked that her last name not be used.
“Of course, that’s never going to happen.”

– from ‘Helicopter parents increasingly follow kids to college, the workplace and beyond’, Misty Harris, Postmedia News, 16 Jan 2013 [hat-tip harden]

Filed under RE References In Popular Culture‘.
We seem to be seeing an increase in such mentions.
– vreaa

5 responses to “BC Architectural Firm Job Interviewer Likens Helicopter Parenting To Housing Bubble

  1. I keep hearing about this but I have never seen it or heard about it from someone who experience it first hand. Wouldn’t parents sitting in during interview kind of just kill their kid’s chance of getting a job most of the time??

    • I know that I wouldn’t give a job to such a person. Are they going to be able to function in the office without their parent there? Or worse, will they need me to act like a parent to soothe their insecurities? If they F up and I tell them so, am I going to get a call from mommy asking why I’m being mean to Timmy?

      Ridiculous.

  2. Naked Official #9000

    disloyal cadres! this is just an example of demonstrating the man-child’s fileal piety!

  3. “I wonder what would happen if we all stopped pushing our kids to succeed and just let natural selection run its course?”
    then the society would be all fu@ked up as the kids were just sitting around smoking pots and blogging. kids need to learn about discipline, respect, failure and success; and after school activities set up for those qualities.
    what do you learn from hiding behind the keyboard all day? nothing but the fear of interaction with others in real life; and then keep complaining about the loneliness in the best place on earth.
    By the way, havent been into this place for a long time, and nothing has changed. It’s still the place to complain about others.
    It’s gonna be a beatiful weekend, so get out there and enjoy the dry weather. Life did not end on 21 Dec 2013 in case you did not notice.

  4. Life did not end on 21 Dec 2013 in case you did not notice.

    This is undoubtedly a message from the future.

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