Two professionals face a dilemma. They face choices that have far-reaching consequences.
Both face hard choices. The first has to choose between a high-paying job in Mumbai or one at half the salary at his home town, Chennai. The other, in Chennai after decades in Delhi, can go back to Delhi as the CEO of a startup on lucrative terms.
Give me more details, you ask, and rightfully so.
The first professional’s wife loyally stood by him in alien conditions without a whimper. She longed to get back to familiar surroundings but considered it her duty to stand by her husband. The other’s wife, an accomplished classical music singer, left her childhood home after marriage. She was hugely excited when they returned to Chennai and secretly wishes her husband will not go back to Delhi.
It would be fair to see polarisation between the more lucrative career option and accommodating the spouse’s needs
Here is a little more detail. Both are financially well off and have family considerations to be in Chennai. The first has aged parents who long to have their son with them. The second’s wife has finally got back to practising and performing classical music and now trains budding singers.
What would you advise these two professionals? Care to share your views as comments?
Here’s how I would go about it.
“You know your situation better than anyone else and are in the best position to decide.
Consider a few things first.
You play many roles in life. Your professional role, while being the most important, is just one of them. God willing, you will live till 90 or even 100, while your working career may end by 65. Invest in the building blocks that will bring you self-reliance, independence and a sense of well being till the very last days of your life. This is your concern, nobody else’s. Pay heed to your health, physical fitness, social responsibilities and the concerns of your family. Seek to be more engaged with community, social welfare and spiritual pursuits. Give time to yourself for the hobbies and passions of your life. Look for greater engagement with the family and a greater say for your spouse in the affairs of the family. Expand your life, you will enjoy it.
Make your decision when you have given adequate thought to these considerations.”
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