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Three Career Lessons We Learned from Doug and Courtney

Posted November 7, 2013 by Marilu Hagen in On the Ladder

On November 5, 2013 shocking news came from Hollywood: actor Doug Hutchison, 53, and his 19 year-old wife, Courtney Stodden, are legally separated after three years of marriage. The couple began their relationship over the internet through an online acting class taught by Hutchison. Supposedly, Hutchison had no idea that Courtney Stodden was 16 years of age at the time. The 34 year age difference shocked the nation when the two married after being granted permission from Stodden’s parents.

When I heard the news of the separation all I could think (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) was, “well duh.” But let’s not jump to judgments here, there are many lessons to be learned from Doug and Courtney’s loving relationship.

Here I list three career lessons we can take away from the unusual couple:

  1. Learn all you can about a company before pursuing interest. Before applying to a job make sure you know as much as possible about the company, its values, work ethic, and history. When you get an interview you do not want to be caught off guard by any unknown information. Imagine the surprise Doug experienced when he learned his romantic internet companion wasn’t even legal.
  2. Make sure you can relate to the other employees you’ll be working with. It is important to feel connected, at least on a friendly level, to your coworkers. Being able to relate to those around you will encourage a positive environment and therefore improve attitude and a drive for success. Doug and Courtney admitted that their relationship partially failed because of  age difference that in turn lead to differences in which direction their lives were headed in.
  3. If you’re going to quit, leave on good terms. Even if you’ve been mistreated or feel anger towards the company, never cause a scene when quitting. Handle the matter with class, you never know what benefits could come to you down the road from being mature in this situation. Over the past of couple days Doug and Courtney have publicly released the news of their separation with very little drama involved. And they even made the joint decision to share custody of their dog, Dourtney! (BTW – dumbest bet name ever.)

The end of Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden’s relationship isn’t all bad when you look at the helpful takeaways we gained from the separation and how to apply them to our careers!

About the Author

Marilu Hagen

Originally hailing from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Marilu is currently a student the the University of Wisconsin-Madison and on track for graduating with a major in Communication Arts and minor in Integrated Liberal Studies. She is very excited to be one of the lucky summer 2013 interns for CGN and to gain experience as a marketing and public relations specialist for the company while bringing extra energy and positivity to the team. Her inspiration comes from powerful women working in the sports and entertainment industry and she has hopes to become one of these women herself as a sports agent or manager of team public relations. Marilu's favorite professional sport is ice hockey, having grown up with the Atlanta Thrashers, but her favorite sports team is the Atlanta Braves.