One in five Canadians believe parents should be allowed to attend job interviews with their children

    New survey explores parental involvement in children's career choices

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Imagine you are freshly graduated and at your
first job interview. You look around the room and see the HR person, your
potential manager and ... Mom?
    According to a recent Canadian survey conducted on behalf of RSM Richter,
one of Canada's largest independent accounting and business advisory firms,
one in five Canadians (19 per cent) believe parents should be allowed to
attend job interviews with their child. Interestingly, more men than women
want parents involved: 22 per cent of all men surveyed believe parents should
be allowed to accompany children on job interviews, versus 16 per cent of
    "Any company that actively recruits should regularly track the attitudes
and expectations of potential employees - especially those just entering the
workforce - to ensure recruiting strategies match expectations. That's why RSM
Richter commissioned this survey," said Lisa Fusina, Human Resources Manager,
RSM Richter Toronto/Calgary. "It is understandable that parents want to help
their children make the right decisions in all aspects of their life,
including their career."
    The survey of 2,000 Canadians, conducted by Decima Research, also
revealed that more than half of all Canadians (53 per cent) agree that parents
should have the opportunity to review their children's employment contracts.
Overall, half of the respondents (47 per cent) agreed that parents should have
a significant role in the career choices of their children.

    Old and young agree: Parents should be involved

    While all ages surveyed (18-50 and over) agreed that parents should have
some involvement in their child's career, more than 1 in 5 of those aged 50 or
over agreed that a parent should be able to attend interviews with their
child, compared to an average of only 1 in 10 of those aged 34 and under.

    Parental involvement strongest in Quebec; weakest in B.C and Ontario

    Quebec residents seem to want the most involvement; British Columbia and
Ontario residents, the least. When asked if they agreed or disagreed that
parents should have a significant role in the career choices of their
children, 54 per cent of Quebec residents agreed, while only 42 per cent of
British Columbians and 44 per cent of Ontarians concurred.

                     Atl.   Que.   Ont.   Man/Sask.   Alta.   B.C
    Agree            46%    54%    44%      45%       46%    42%
    Disagree         52%    44%    54%      51%       52%    55%

    "We've been getting more and more requests for information about our firm
from parents of candidates," said Marc Berwald, Vice President of Human
Resources, RSM Richter Montreal. "This demonstrates to us the need to be
conscious of what everyone involved wants to know about working here, but it
also represents an opportunity for us to better understand the kind of people
we're recruiting."

    About the survey

    This telephone survey was conducted with 2000 Canadians 18 and over. The
survey was carried out between July 3 and July 13, 2008 by Decima Research
Inc., as commissioned by RSM Richter. Results of the survey can be considered
accurate to within plus or minus 2.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The survey
explored the level of parental involvement in career choices for their
children aged 18 to 25

    About RSM Richter

    RSM Richter is one of Canada's largest independent accounting, business
advisory and consulting firms. Founded in 1926, RSM Richter provides financial
advisory services in the areas of corporate restructuring, litigation support,
forensic accounting, business valuation, corporate finance and insolvency. RSM
Richter has full-service offices in Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.

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