Love vs. career - how hard will it be to maintain both?
June 12, 2011 11:18 AM Subscribe
I'm going to be moving around with my S.O. for a few years. Will having a few ~2 year jobs on my resume look bad?
I'm an engineer and I've had my current job for 1 year, 8 months. This is my first job out of university. Prior to that, I'd worked for the same supervisor in university for 4 years - 1 as a summer/p.t. student researcher, 2 as an m.sc. grad student, and 1 as a research associate while the economy was bad.
Now my S.O. is moving to another city several hours away at the end of the month for work. I'm planning on going with him in the near future - going to try to find a job first and wrap up my responsibilities on my current projects so I leave this company on good terms. I'm optimistic that I'll be able to get a good reference from my current supervisor, on the basis of my good performance, commitment to my projects and I'm only leaving the company because they don't have a branch in my destination city.
He's probably going to move again in 2 years for a 1-year training course in another city... and then we'll get sent somewhere else permanently, when I'll be able to stay in a steady job again. It's possible we could shift the training course a year earlier or later, but I don't know what would be the best for my career - if I manage to find a job, that is. In any regard, I'm going for personal happiness first and am flexible in my general career path.
I'm wondering though... how will that look on my resume, if I have a couple of ~2 year jobs in different cities? What will potential employers think?