Would you quit your job if your husband told you to?
Is it possible to have a great career and raise a family at the same time? The number of successful career driven women who have managed to do it says so. However, not everyone gets the same kind of support from the people in their life.
What happens when it is your husband who is trying to keep you from achieving career success?
“I have been working for a big multi-national organization for over 5 years now. In these five years, my career has grown from being an intern to an ICT Manager. There has been a talk that next year I will be promoted to Head of the IT department.
This is a big deal because not only does it come with a huge salary increase but the additional responsibilities would really help my career.
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I am at the top of my game and I love what I have accomplished so far.
I met my husband when I was still working as an Intern and he was a finance officer at a top bank in the CBD. He is now the finance manager at the bank and his career is doing very well.
We have always been supportive of each other’s careers and he has been very understanding especially since I am on call 24/7.
However, the past few months’ things have changed. I mentioned that I was up for this promotion and he said to me that I shouldn’t take it because I will have to quit so that we can start a family anyway.
I was taken aback by this because he has always known that I do not want to be a housewife. I am also not ready to start having children because I want to establish my career first.
After telling him this, he accused me of putting my career in front of our marriage and us starting a family. I told him to let me get the promotion to Head of the department and then after a year we can have children but he is adamant that if I don’t quit now then I might as well leave.
I don’t know what to do because if I give in to his demands, I will miss out on such a great opportunity and would probably end up resenting him for it.
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However, I also don’t want to ruin my marriage. I never thought I would have to choose between growing my career or staying married. Please advise me. What do I do?”
What would you advise Caroline to do? Leave your comments below.