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03/05/09
Overcoming Barriers. 2. Dual career families
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations), First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 12:19 pm

Reality came out in the responses from last Friday’s
panelists in response to the question from an audience
member.
Question:  My spouse and I will be looking for
positions
at the same time.  What thoughts and
recommendations
do you have?

Responses (without attribution):
- there are still a number of couples who need to
reside and work in different locations. 
- develop multiple options short term and mid-term
for yourselves to consider and weigh the pros and
cons
- explore how other couples have pursued their
joint careers

- some universities try to make it possible to hire
both, if compelling cases can be made for each person
- it is possibly easier to have both persons employed
in larger employment centers (cities, regions) where
there are more
positions and institutions.
- it might be easier if both persons sought positions
in different sectors or industries
- it might be too much stress to have both persons
working in the same department for the same
boss.(do not work in same department)
- it is common that assistance is provided for the
spouse of someone who has been recently hired.

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