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Last Post 3/20/2014 8:25 AM by  KD Leka
2 scientist marriage
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3/19/2014 7:46 AM

    What if your "significant other" also wants to become a scientist? Do you think would make starting out harder or easier? How would it be later?

    -- Marie (LHS)

    Tags: career, family

    Paulett Liewer

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    3/19/2014 3:51 PM


    I think "two scientist" marriages are great! I've been married to the guy I met in graduate school in physics for more than 40 years!

    I know many couples with two scientists -- or one scientist and one engineer -- or two engineers. It seems to work as well as most other combinations.

    Of course, it MIGHT make it harder to land 2 jobs in the same place.... but if you are happy in a big city with plenty of "tech" jobs, it shouldn't be much of a handicap.

    Good luck!


    KD Leka

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    3/20/2014 8:25 AM

    Hi, that's a great question without any easy answers. Paulette had a very good point that essentially depending
    on what you are looking for in your "personal team", opportunities for both people will need to be
    acknowledged, and sometimes being located near a larger city or metropolis will be important.

    Depending on how close your respective fields are, it can be a blessing or a curse, from personal experience and
    conversations with dual-scientist couples. The blessings are in being able to really relate to highs and lows of
    the respective careers, really speaking the same language, being able to empathize with proposal deadlines,
    deadlines for teaching classes, the need to go to certain meetings, and dinner conversations that invariably
    end up with a pad of paper and pencils and ideas for a new project. The cons can include being under the same
    stress, often at the same time, and the feeling of always bringing work home -- in addition to the challenges of
    ensuring that both people are in jobs they enjoy in the same place at the same time, and decisions surrounding
    what to do if one gets a great job offer somewhere else, etc.

    From what I've seen it can generally work out well, but, like all relationships, not always.

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