Making A Career Transition — And Keeping Your Relationship Intact

By Debbie Carlson
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Work and relationship experts agree, when it comes to making a career transition or any other life changing event, constant communication is often the key to surviving! The couples who handle change the best are those who acknowledge that it won’t always be easy and that they may hit some rough patches.

Chicago Tribune

Career changes offer new opportunities, but switching employment fields can be hard to navigate not only for a person’s professional life, but also for his or her personal life.

It’s one thing to make a job switch to a new company, but when people change their type of career, it often means a change in lifestyle. They may need to go back to school, which can mean a big investment of time and money. Or they may want to downshift from a high-pressure job and possibly make less money.

This adds a new type of stress, and for couples, career changes can put pressure on their bonds.

The couples who handle this change the best are those who acknowledge that it won’t always be easy and that they may hit some rough patches, said work and relationship experts. Constant communication often is key to surviving.

“Transitions are tough, no matter what. The best way to survive as a couple is to approach it as a joint venture. Both people are going through the changes. … If the individuals aren’t aware or dealing with the facts that the transition is tough, that’s an even bigger problem and will more than likely pop up later,” said Rebecca “Kiki” Weingarten, transition coach and co-founder of New York City-based Atypical Coaching.

Weingarten and Nicki Nance, a psychotherapist and assistant professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., recommend starting the conversation immediately. Tell your spouse or partner as soon as possible about this yearning, they agreed.

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