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Would You Ever Job Swap With Your Partner?

In an admittedly gutsy career move, Susan Barton will be taking over her husband's job at Slate for two weeks. The experiment, a kind of real-world take on Freaky Friday — and aptly titled Freaky Fortnight — details the adventures of this 30-something mom and her husband switching roles — Susan taking to the office at Slate as an editor, and her husband taking the reigns at home to care for their two children.

It's a brave attempt at experiencing daily life in someone else's shoes. At a certain point, our own routines have become second nature, and it's impossible to know exactly where another career path would take us, how it would affect us, and how we would fare. So, despite the occasional wishful thinking to experience life as a movie star or dream job of your choice, tell me, would you ever seriously consider switching jobs with your partner?

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Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
His job is way too much for me. He currently works with all men who are always on a power trip. He is the supervisor to the delivery department at a huge funrniture outlet store here. He is much better at handling people who think they deserve the world to be handed to them! Not to mention that I know most of the employees and if they were to have a female even in their department they do everything they can to get her out of it as quick as possible! He is in school to be a programmer, and I just can't find that interesting enough to spend my life doing, but one day would probably be very insightful!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Even if I wanted to I couldn't do his job since he works long hours on a shipyard doing electrical work...he'd say he'd want to do my job, but I know he'd hate it.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My husband's a mechanical engineer, so if I swapped with him I'd have no idea what I'm doing, but according to him, 90% of the people he works with don't have any idea what they're doing, either. However, my husband would NEVER swap jobs with me because my job is kind of, well, icky. Plus you have to work your tail off all day long. When I tell him about the stuff I get sometimes (the other day, our pathologist dropped off a placenta in a bag from a woman who'd miscarried), he visibly cringes. He'd probably either vomit or pass out after 20 minutes.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
My husband works in the same field as I do. I know what is job is like from past experience, and I'd rather have mine.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Sure, but I would totally fail. He is a software engineer and I don't have a clue how to do what he does.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 6 years
No, I've already worked where he works and I won't do it ever again.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
My boyfriend is a graduate student at Caltech- and a part of me wishes I had gone into research, so absolutely! His focus is in biochemistry, which I don't know too much about, but it would be nice to feel challenged at work for once. I've been feeling unmotivated recently because my job isn't very difficult. Working for a movie studio isn't as glamorous as it's made out to be. Sure there are a lot of perks, but some mental stimulation would be nice once in a while!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nope.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Nope.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Would I switch? Not permanently, but yes I would. He sits in an office as a programmer, screwing around on the internet all day all while "working". I am a teacher, so I am always walking, talking, doing something, and not just killing time. I would love to have the liberty to chill out like he does, but I also know I would suck at his job. Would he switch with me? Eh, it's unlikely that he'd be able to tolerate my job, and it's even more unlikely that they'd let anyone step into my classroom to even substitute teach if they don't even have a teaching certification themselves. Well, damn.
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