Several marketing experts and business leaders I’ve interviewed mention the importance of having a supportive spouse, or imply that having a stay-at-home partner lets them focus on bringing home the bacon. Those are helpful career benefits. What if you’re not in a relationship, though?
There are some obvious career pluses to singledom, like the ability to work longer hours. But is that really a long-term benefit? In theory, being unattached gives you the flexibility to move anywhere to take a new job. If you’re not married or otherwise coupled, you rely on friends and family as a “matrix” support network, rather than having one key cheerleader.
Certainly, dating gives me plenty of entertaining stories—like “Carrie” (a.k.a. the Entitled Pessimist) or “Sarah” (the law student with the expunged Assault & Battery conviction). And it’s a good reminder of how a sales-and-marketing pipeline works. But I haven’t started using Gantt charts, spreadsheets, or Google Analytics to optimize my dating…
How does being single (or in a relationship) help or hurt your career?