I want to express a rule in general and then notice that this rule involves me as well. Is the following sentence, grammatically and literally correct?

In my city, people generally follow their parent's job, and I am no exception to this rule.

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I think your example sentence is written correctly. You make a general statement (people generally follow their parents' job), and then you say you don't break that rule.

Exception to the rule is a common phrase, and it means "something that is different from the rest." (You can see a definition here: https://www.englishbaby.com/vocab/word/13395/exception-to-the-rule)

Because it's so common, it's natural to add "no" to the beginning of the phrase to negate the meaning. Therefore, it is fine to say I am no exception to the rule when you mean to say you are no different from the rest.

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