Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Friday, February 19, 2016
This may not be the answer you want to hear but everyone’s experiences are different. The differing experiences can play a crucial role in ones perception and experiences of transitioning from the academic world into the business world. Experiences at larger and small colleges range from a more intimate class setting to a large lecture hall and can shape an early career professional desire to be coddled. How millennial were raised may put an impact on the ability to transition into a career; however there are many different types of parenting styles so it may be a case by case basis on a person’s ability to transition.
Every company is different, if you are worried about being coddled too much or too little, I would suggest first understanding what level you would like from your company. Understanding this level will help you understand the size, type, and industry of the companies you want to work for. During interviewers, you can pose questions that will help you gauge the amount of coddling the company does for their early career professionals.
From my own personal experiences, I would say the amount of coddling really depends on how much you are seeking from your peers and manager. If I needed more support, my manager would help me find the support I need to be successful. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if I did not need the support and coddling, my manager would respect that decision, as long as the work produced did not reflect the need for leading and support.