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

 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.
  • I* f 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).