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In photos: These parents now know what their kids do at work

Last week, on Nov. 7, LinkedIn launched international Bring Your Parents To Work Day at 17 of its international offices

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Last week, on Nov. 7, LinkedIn launched international Bring Your Parents To Work Day at 17 of its international offices.

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The purpose of the inaugural event was to give parents the opportunity to visit their children at work to get a better understanding of what they do, and help bridge the generational gap when it comes to the world of work.

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Edelman Canada’s Toronto office participated in the event.

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Voices.com, based in London, Ont., also invited the parents of its 30 employees into the office.

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A recent survey showed that one in three Canadian parents admitted they don’t have a clue what their children do at work each day.

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The study, commissioned by LinkedIn, also included a list of the top 10 misunderstood jobs in Canada.

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The Globe and Mail put out a callout, asking those who have one of these ‘most misunderstood’ jobs to submit their photos and describe their job.

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Erin Macmillan, a post-doctoral research fellow, submitted an entry.

She writes: “My job is like performing virtual biopsies of the brain. Instead of using a needle to extract a sample, I use the MRI machine to sample the chemical content of a region inside the brain.

I am a post-doctoral research fellow in Neurology at UBC, and the goal of my work is to improve our understanding of neurological diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis.

I enjoy how my work changes daily, and can include planning new research studies, programming the MRI scanner, analyzing data, publishing results, and translating the new information for use by other researchers, physicians, and the public.”

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Jon Terry is an installation co-ordinator of systems on SNC Lavalin transit projects across Canada - recently Canada Line in Vancouver, West LRT in Calgary, and North Link NAIT line in Edmonton (photo).

He writes: “I co-ordinate the installation and testing of signalling, communications, and other systems that enable the trains to run safely.

The work is challenging, fun; the engineers and trades people who build these transit projects are smart. Next year, I’m off to help build Vancouver’s Evergreen Line.”

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“I work for Rissling contractors. We do underground utilities and site services mainly for Telus, Fortus and Shaw in and around Vancouver. This job is mentality and physically demanding!” writes an anonymous Globe reader.

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New research conducted by LinkedIn shows that parents across the world are also at odds over what is a desirable factor when choosing a career.

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More than two-thirds of Canadian parents surveyed say job satisfaction is the most important factor for their children to consider when choosing a career, over being paid enough to comfortably live on (42 per cent).

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