A dilemma has been doing the rounds on the web this morning. Emanating from Lucy Kellaway’s agony aunt column in the Financial Times, it describes the conundrum faced by a 28 year old female banker whose boyfriend wants her to leave her job and to go travelling.
The woman in question says she’s worked in banking since her graduation six years ago and has, ‘recently been given the opportunity to go travelling’ with her boyfriend. How long can she be away from the industry before she becomes employable, she wonders. And will anyone offer her a job when she returns – particularly in light of the fact that she will be an, “attached, childless woman in her early 30s.”
Kellaway tells the young banker that she has got it all wrong. “I think you are making a mistake on both counts. No job in the City is remotely secure….Equally, travel is not always fun.” In Kellaway’s opinion, the young banker should stick with her man: “A good boyfriend is more of a scarce resource than a job in global markets at an investment bank, so if he is off for three years it is rational for you to go too.”
Others are not so sure. “Boyfriends come and go,” says one, “Take advantage of work life now, don’t ruin the momentum.”
Which would you choose?
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