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Divorce And Careers, Part Two: How Has Divorce And Co-Parenting Affected Your Job?
Yesterday, I discussed the dangers of letting divorce drama bleed into your workplace, but there are other ways that divorce impacts your job and they shouldn't be overlooked either.
First of all, you're going to go through financial changes, and this may force you to reconsider your current job. You may end up having to polish up that resume and look for a higher paying job. Or you might decide to keep your job, and take a second job to supplement your income. Adding another job impacts the time and focus you have to give to each commitment, takes away from your time at home, and really puts a burden on your time-management skills.
If you're a parent, be prepared to juggle work a lot more. Your 'go-to' backup person is no longer 100% there for you, and you may find yourself scrambling even more than usual when your child experiences an unexpected illness or injury, or when their extra-curricular activities conflict with work schedules for both you and your ex.
I know I've made trade-offs in my career. I've deliberately not pursued promotions and opportunities for higher-salaried jobs or jobs with more prestigous titles, and all because they'll require a lot more than a 9-5 sort of workday. In my case, and with primary physical custody of my kids (and a 45 minute commute each way), it would be next to impossible to commit to all the extra hours many of those higher paying positions would require, not without a second parent to hold down the fort at home. So I'm living with limited career choices, and it gives me the time I need for my kids. I call that a more than reasonable trade.
Video: Kathryn Tappen's career blooming after divorce with husband
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