A Place For Mom Releases Career Advice From Fathers

Annual Survey Reveals Majority of Adults Look to Dad for Guidance on Education, Jobs and Major Purchases

Jun 13, 2013, 11:00 ET from A Place for Mom

SEATTLE, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A Place for Mom® (APFM), the nation's largest senior living referral service, released results from its first annual Father's Day survey and revealed a collection of career advice given by dads across the country. The survey showed that advice from fathers on education, jobs and significant purchases is most valued by the majority of Americans.

"This survey was a way to talk about the role that dads play in our lives," said Sean Kell, CEO of A Place for Mom. "Our Senior Living Advisors provide guidance to families in need of senior care, and as we celebrate Father's Day we are especially reminded of the many valuable pieces of advice from the many fathers we support each day."

A selection of career advice from fathers across the country, according to A Place for Mom's survey, included:

  • Under promise and over deliver. Always do the work that you can truly be proud of and produce only what you are willing to put your name on.
  • If you want people to take you seriously, keep your chin up, your voice steady, and your fingernails clean.
  • Don't waste a moment at work. Learn everything you can at each job as that knowledge and skill will help you land the next bigger opportunity.
  • Do what you love and the money will follow.
  • Hire good people and then get out of their way.
  • Always be on time, work hard, follow directions, show leadership when asked, and maintain your creativity.
  • Always be honest and have integrity in any job you do. Never treat anyone different from how you would like them to treat you.
  • Number 1: You cannot sell something you don't believe in. Number 2: You must, under all circumstances, keep your shoes shined.
  • Work hard, follow the rules, and have faith. Those are the things that make you successful in life.
  • If the company matches, sign up for a 401K.

More pieces of career advice from fathers are listed on the A Place for Mom blog.

With over 300 Americans ages 18-65 polled, the survey showed that approximately one third of adults feel that their father's influence was most important when they were a child (31 percent). Nearly half of adults would go to their dad first for advice when growing up (42 percent).

  • Many survey respondents feel that their father's influence continues to be strong even as they age (27 percent).
  • Almost all adults listen to their father for advice (92 percent), with the majority of advice-seeking being most critical around:
    • Making a significant purchase (22 percent)
    • Choosing a career path (18 percent)
    • Making a decision about education (17 percent)
    • Raising a family (17 percent)
    • Looking for a job (16 percent)
    • Dating (11 percent)
  • "Hardworking" was the word used most to describe dad (22 percent), but nearly half of survey respondents would also describe their father as "caring," "devoted," "inspirational," "loving," "strong," "unselfish" and "wise" (46 percent).

About A Place for Mom
A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM) is the nation's largest senior living referral service providing resources and personalized assistance in finding senior living services. Using its nationwide network of more than 18,000 providers, APFM helps families find options based on a loved one's stated needs, preferences and budget. This may include independent senior housing, home care, residential care homes, assisted living communities and specialized Alzheimer's memory care. The service is offered at no charge to families as providers pay a fee to APFM. For more information, visit www.aplaceformom.com, call 1-877-311-6099 or visit one of APFM's social networks at Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Senior Living Blog and Pinterest.

SOURCE A Place for Mom