Is it appropriate to ask junior professionals what their parents do?
A mentee of mine ( a year into her career) shared that she's often asked what her parents do by older colleagues making small talk. A question I am personally never asked now but also used to be a theme early in my career. Raised in a very low-income household, this question makes my mentee very uncomfortable and isn't something she'd like to share with more senior colleagues (or peers).
Would love to hear thoughts on how to handle this scenario. Individuals asking such a question clearly aren't considering the discomfort it can cause for many --what can we do about that?