Career-Career: Success in many careers is based on relationship building. Which is why Career and Career are so compatible. That said, be careful not to let an on-the-job friendship sway you into staying in a job too long (because you don't want to leave your pal) or not pushing for a promotion (because you're uncomfortable asking your boss/friend for a promotion). The best Career-Career friendships provide support and motivation to succeed. So what happens if one of you shoots up the career ladder without the other? If you've managed to connect on a level deeper than work, you'll be fine. Otherwise, jealousy could spell the end of your friendship.
Career-Love: Love's and Career's different views on life may make for a spicy, interesting friendship, but you'll have to work hard to keep your bond strong. No doubt you became friends either long before your present priorities developed or because you share an interest in something outside the worlds of dating and work. Now, whether your friendship continues and grows stronger depends on the quality of each of you as a friend.
Career-Family: Lack of time for each other may be one of your biggest friendship hurdles. You may care deeply for each other but lack opportunities to connect the way you used to. Maintaining your closeness will certainly take effort. When Career and Family talk or get together, they must respect each other's lifestyles and life choices, advises Jan Yager, Ph.D., in her book Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives. For example, Yager advises women to stay clear of the work-vs.-parenthood debate, if two friends are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Instead, focus on those issues you agree on.
Career-Self: Self and Career are both rather preoccupied with themselves for different reasons. Your understanding of each other's priorities makes you compatible and will help you stay tight, as long as neither of you is looking to spend a lot of time together. While you may be going at it from different angles, you're both focused on self-improvement and personal success. You have a lot of good things to learn from each other.