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Professional dating in the UK

Turn off the alarm, check your emails on the smartphone, shower, dress, have breakfast, leave the house, start the commute. Arrive at the office, busy morning, go to client lunch, busy afternoon, strategy meeting, leave the office, go for client drinks, start the commute. Arrive home, have dinner, rest for a couple of hours, go to bed, set the alarm.

If your life is starting to resemble that of Anne Hathaway's character in The Devil Wears Prada, rushing from meeting to meeting and finding it hard to fit in a personal life, or if you are continually going away on business like George Clooney's character in Up in the Air, spending more time on business trips than at home, you will know that the lifestyle of a professional single can make it difficult to build a meaningful relationship with anyone.

There are some 15 million singles in the UK, among which are many single professionals – all completely eligible and all struggling to find a date.

No time

For professional people, finding any personal time in-between early mornings, long days, meetings and business trips can be a challenge, but finding time to meet and get to know anyone outside of your immediate circle of friends and work colleagues can seem nearly impossible – and getting involved with someone you work with is probably not a good idea.

Highly selective

You would think that people who are successful in their professional lives would be similarly successful in their personal lives, but that is not always the case. As well as having little time to devote to meeting anyone on a personal level, people who enjoy professional success tend to become more selective when it comes to finding a partner. Quite naturally, professionals often look for partners who have a similar level of disposable income and share the same lifestyle and aspirations.

Compatibility is a key ingredient in a successful relationship, and it can mean different things for different people – for some it will mean having the same sense of humour and values, while for others it will mean similar goals and priorities in life.

Internet dating for professionals

There are specific dating sites for professionals, but why stop there? With eHarmony you can be matched with professionals from every field and know beforehand that you will be matched based on compatibility – which is about more than just your jobs.

Why eHarmony is a cut above other dating sites

eHarmony is a relationship website dedicated to helping singles find love and build long-term relationships. When you become an eHarmony member, you know exactly what to expect: you will be matched with other singles with whom you are deeply compatible.

Unlike any regular dating agency, eHarmony, in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, has developed a scientifically based system for matching members according to a complex mix of key personality traits – the personal characteristics that will determine the success of their relationships.

This Compatibility Matching System™ is based on the results of a free online personality test that every new member takes. A unique profile is created for each member to reveal the key dimensions of personality that are intrinsic to the future success of their relationships. These personality profiles are used to match members based on deep levels of compatibility.

This means that by the time you actually meet up with someone you know you will get along and have compatible personalities. If the spark is there, you won’t waste any time finding out they are not for you. And if there’s no spark, there are plenty more compatible singles waiting to meet you.

It's completely free to take the personality quiz – you can take it right now and begin to receive details of your matches straight to your inbox. It’s free to review your matches, and you can do so without having to upload a photo or share any contact details. So you can check out your matches online discreetly before deciding whether you want to take it any further.

 

 

10 tips for professional dating

When you do meet someone you are interested in, how should you go about getting to know them better? Dating for professionals can mean anything from a quick coffee to a trip to the theatre – it really depends on what you and your date would like to do. Here are ten tips for your first date…

  • A good way for professional people to meet is over coffee or lunch.
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  • The first date should be light-hearted, fit easily into both your schedules, and give you the chance to talk and get to know each other a little better.
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  • Choose somewhere near your places of work if you are meeting during the week. The ideal place will be intimate and not too busy.
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  • Have lunch somewhere near a park or water (whether it’s the river Thames if you’re based in London, the canal by Castlefield if you’re in Manchester, or just the local park). This way you can go for a stroll together afterwards, if you feel like spending more time together.
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  • Keep the date relatively short – about an hour is perfect. This will keep the pressure off and mean you can both relax.
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  • Arrive on time – you wouldn’t be late for a business meeting and it’s important to be on time so your date doesn’t think you’re not interested.
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  • Don’t try too hard to impress – whether by telling your best jokes or ordering lavishly. You should just be yourself.
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  • Don’t just talk about yourself or go into lots of personal details – ask polite questions about your date and avoid prying. Remember it’s only the first date! If things go well, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to find out more about each other.
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  • Be yourself – you’ve been matched based on your own personality, so there’s no need to be anything but yourself.
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  • Be confident – you have every reason to be, as you already know you are compatible, so all that’s left to do is see whether you get on and if there is chemistry between you.
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