Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, May 19, 2016
Congratulations on your recent graduation! This time in your life can be difficult for you as well as your parents. I'm sure they want to help out and make the transition to the "real world" as easy as possible. Sometimes that "help" can seem intrusive, especially when you an independent type. My recommendation is to take a deep breath and try to be patient with your parents. They are trying to provide you with insight into their years in the workforce to help you avoid possible pitfalls that they did, and maneuver a sometimes twisty road to employment. It doesn't mean you can't' speak up; in fact it would speak to your maturity if you let them know how much you appreciate their knowledge, but that you hope that they can respect that you want to forge your own path and will ask them for their advice when you need it. When it comes to the job search process, I'm sure your father has experience in being a hiring manager, so his advice is relevant in what he looks for in candidates. You can also conduct practice interviews with them, since they are so generous with their offers of help. In any case, be patient and appreciate their help because one day in the not so distant future, you may be doing the same thing to your children! Good luck!