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In what professions or occupations are your significant others? Anyone dating/married to blue collar/construction/fire fighter/mechanic/fitness trainers, etc non-office guys/women? How is it going?

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Married to a firefighter and it’s great. The fire schedule means he can be home a lot of week days with the kiddo while I’m working full time. We save on daycare and he is able to do grocery shopping and plenty of other helpful things while I’m at work. I like not being married to someone in our industry. I wouldn’t want to spend my evenings and weekends talking shop.

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Spouse is a welder/metal fabricator and we've been together 16 years, married 14. Has zero impact on our relationship except it's hot AF to watch him do his thing and build stuff. 👍👌I used to get the occasional snarky comment but it's been a good while since that's happened. The most memorable was the heifer who said in a 'bless your heart' tone, "OMG it would never occur to me to date someone in a blue collar job! Good for you!" Me: "WTF does that even have to do with anything?! Go fuck yourself." Honestly, I envy his job in a lot of ways. He takes the jobs he wants to take and declines the rest, and when he's done for the day, he's done. No emails, texts, 7am calls, finishing up a deck after hours, etc.

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Adding: I find it refreshing dating a non-business guy. He’s still incredibly ambitious - more so than most agency guys I know - and it’s nice having his perspective to remind me that there’s way more to life (more important things) than our ridiculous bubble of an industry

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My partner is a chef. Was a mechanic before that. Utter babe.

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Yeah, not sure I agree with SD1's characterization that blue collar workers lack ambition. I would say that bit is the same for folks in office jobs--some are ambitious and some aren't. Also my spouse doesn't glaze over when I talk about my work. He's fascinated and endlessly amused by it, and also actually helps me cut through the bullshit with his completely outside perspective.

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Mine is an ICU doctor. So he’s literally saving lives while I’m advertising products. I constantly romanticize going into a “meaningful" profession

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Married to someone in IT, he’s amazing and so smart and so respectful of my career and dreams. He loves that my job can take me to so many locations in the US and the world and is ready to follow me anywhere! I couldn’t ask for a better partner.

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Mine is in sales! But he’s looking for something else more rewarding once we decide where we’re settling down. The most awesome thing is basically he’s said he’s along for the ride; he’s going to support my career path and wherever it takes me. I kinda love him 😊

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Spouse works in nonprofits. At parties people say I’m the devil married to the angel. I cried the first time that happened.

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@D1 - With the working class guys I dated, I said ambition was a problem, specifically in relation to my own, and their own ambition. I didn't mean to characterize all working class guys as that if I did. But none of them had any desire to move beyond where they were. That can be in any field.

I have different plans for myself, and so my experience with working class guys hasn't been positive, despite me appreciating their grounding affect.

People have different experiences, and different ways they fit together. My only intention was to offer the other side of the coin because everything else was so positive. It's not that way for everyone.

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Also, so stoked to hear about all these amazing partners mentioned above 👏👏👏

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Hubby is a restaurant manager. No retirement or benefits. He works nights and I do days so we can raise our kids ourselves. He’s the primary school, park, play date volunteer parent. I’m the primary pay for life parent. He knows everyone in my kids’ lives and in the neighborhood. I have to FaceTime into the important moments of their lives.

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I've dated mostly blue collar guys in my life - stone mason, FedEx guy, etc. They just glaze over when you talk about work no matter how much they care about you. Ran into problems regarding the hours I worked (when they leave work they are done), and money can be an issue. Just make sure if you make more that you share duties paying for things, or if it's that big a deal to them, let them pay.

It can be done, but in terms of my relationships and work, I found it worked better when I dated someone who was a bit more ambitious. But that's more about me and my attitude towards work than anything to do with them. I date a teacher now and it's better.

Probably the best was when I dated someone at a different agency who was a web developer. They just got the hours, culture, and demand that this life takes.

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My SO owns an event production company and is an artist/set designer. It's an entirely different version of hell and makes me feel better about the tough parts of my job.

I do enjoy providing my advertising input on his work and receiving his artistic input on my work (I'm a copywriter). We also get to collaborate on creative projects together in our downtime that have nothing to do with advertising so that's always fun :) It's going pretty great, in general.

My SO is an Engineer

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