Dating is hard as is, but dating a young professional can be a very specific kind of experience.
Here’s what you should know before falling head over heels for a career-obsessed hottie.
1. They’re Driven
Obviously. These types take their career seriously, and they expect the same of anyone they date. Work and life goals will constantly be on their mind, so you need to be okay with them having the laptop open well after work hours.
2. They Work Hard, So They Play Hard
Those long hours and ladder climbing can get stressful, so blowing off steam is a vital part of their weekends. Going dancing, having a girls or guys night, seeing the latest exhibit, hitting up a festival or exclusive party – these are just par for the course in the YP lifestyle.
Of course, sometimes they just want to sit in their underwear with a bottle of wine and Netflix.
3. Their Time is Limited
Unlike their college days, laying around all week eating pizza and having sex is a no-go. They have packed schedules full of tasks they need to get done. Don’t be offended when they jump out of bed on Saturday morning to cross some things off their to-do list.
4. They Have No Time for Jealousy
That limited time thing is no joke – if you’re still in that high school mentality of playing games, don’t waste your time with a YP. They don’t have time for drama when there are so many deadlines to meet and goals to achieve.
5. They Have Their Own Money
The old school dating rules are way out-of-date for a reason, but they’re especially unsexy to a young professional. Dating a woman with a successful career means she doesn’t want or expect you to pay for dates (though it’s still courteous to offer – but don’t insist and make a scene).
6. They Need You to Listen to Them Vent
Being in a busy, high-pressure job means that they might want to get some things off their chest at the end of the day. They don’t necessarily need your advice, they just want someone to listen and show they care.
7. They Know What They Want
And you should too, if you’re planning on dating one. If they chose you, it means you meet their crazy list of wants, so don’t play games or lead them on. They really don’t have time for it.
8. You Need to Be Just as Ambitious
A young professional is going to get very bored dating someone whose career dreams are limited to being supervisor at the local store. These types want to date someone whose life is just as insane, busy, and challenging as theirs.
Have your own dream to focus on making a reality so you don’t get frustrated by all the time they spend working on theirs.