While the former contestants of the dating reality shows have not had tons of luck as couples, many Bachelorette and Bachelor alums have had successful careers. For some, they arrived on the show as successful entrepreneurs, physicians, and designers — though some also had more dubious jobs — and continued their success after the show. Others were able to leverage their brief fame into jobs in the entertainment or lifestyle industries.
While not all of them were able to find life partners, former contestants don't seem wanting in career opportunities, some more than others. And, if Lifetime's UnREAL is to be believed, a career boost is the reason some of them went on the show to begin with. True life might exist, and some might even find it on the Bachelor, but let's focus on the success stories of these men and women, which more often than not, are career-based rather than romantic.
Another silver lining: many of the former contestants who did not find love on the show have gone on to find love outside of the potentially counterproductive confines of reality television. Here are some of the Bachelor and Bachelorette alums who have found the most career success after the show ended.
Baldwin, the doctor from Season 10, was always a successful physician and naval officer, but he has since devoted himself to humanitarian causes and makes many media appearances.
The former Bachelorette now owns her own interior design company and is the star of Love It or List It Vancouver.
The physician now hosts the talkshow The Doctors, a Doctor Phil-like daytime show.
Though he was already a prince, Borghese went on to write a book, create multiple lifestyle brands, appear on more reality shows, and work for animal rights.
So if you think being on a reality show will hurt your career, think again; these and many other alums of the show have proven that the end of your 15 minutes doesn't have to be bleak.