Do your parents know what you do for a living? Probably not. In a recent survey, one in three Canadian parents admitted they don’t have a clue what their children do at work each day.
To rectify this, LinkedIn is hosting the first-ever Bring In Your Parents Day on Nov. 7. The company's goal is to bridge the knowledge gap by inviting parents into the workplace to see their children in action.
The following list from LinkedIn includes the top 10 misunderstood jobs in Canada, with the percentage of parents who couldn’t describe the job.
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- Sub editor (74 per cent) - A person who edits copy for publication, usually focusing on style, grammar and punctuation.
- Data Scientist (72 per cent) - Data scientists incorporate math, statistics, engineering and computing to create meaning from large amounts of data. This term is also interchangeable with business analysts or competitive intelligence.
- Actuary (66 per cent) - An actuary is someone who computes risk, rates etc. according to probabilities based on statistical records.
- Social Media Manager (65 per cent) - Social media managers manage the relationship and interaction that customers have with brands on key social media networks.
- PR Manager (60 per cent) - PR managers have varied roles. Their main role is to manage the spread of information between an organization/individual and the public, but day to day tasks range widely from handling crises to planning events to strategic communications.
- Sociologist (58 per cent) - Sociologists interpret human behaviour and apply the findings to social policy.
- Radio Producer (55 per cent) - Radio producers oversee the process of creating a radio show. They book guests, organize music and timing and generally handle the show’s content.
- Fashion Designer (49 per cent) - Fashion designers apply aesthetics to clothing and accessories. From researching trends to sourcing materials, fashion designers are not only creative but are experts in computer-aided design applications.
- Engineer (46 per cent) - Engineers use scientific knowledge to solve technical problems for both private and public organizations.
- Sports Team Manager (45 per cent) - The main responsibility of a sports team manager is to ensure the team is running smoothly. They’re in charge of hiring staff, scouting players, handling the budget and media opportunities.
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