1. What do you think will be the most stressful career stage for you?
What type of stressors led you to make this choice?
2. Chris Jamison was sitting alone, deep in thought on Friday afternoon in June in the Phoenix branch office of the accounting firm, Arthur Andersen & Co. She has worked there in the tax audit division for the past six years and has done very well. She has worked hard in lower staff positions and has developed a strong reputation, both at the local office and recently at the Chicago headquarters, as a very competent professional who has great promise within the Company.
Chris sat contemplating the conversation she had just had with her office manager and mentor, Jim Wilkins, about Chris' promotion to the position of tax audit manager within the firm. This promotion would involve Chris' relocating to a new branch office in Portland. The promotion would represent a personal and gratifying challenge that Chris has wanted for some time now, and would serve as an outstanding opportunity leading to much higher management advancement within the firm.
Despite this very positive news, Chris felt quite perplexed and anxious about how this career opportunity would affect her family. Her husband, Kim, was just finishing up his Ph.D. in English Literature at Arizona State University. Ever since their marriage eight years before, Kim had dreamed about teaching English Literature at an Ivy League school back east. He also wanted to do professional writing on the side. University faculty positions in English Literature were very scarce throughout the country, and Kim had heretofore been looking for a position with little success. However, he recently interviewed at Cornell University and was offered a one-year visiting assistant professor position beginning in September. Kim was very pleased with this opportunity, which could possibly turn into a permanent position at Cornell. As Kim considered whether or not to accept the Cornell offer, he thought that even if a permanent position were not subsequently offered, he would have a much stronger chance at obtaining a permanent faculty position elsewhere with the Cornell experience on his resume.
Chris initially felt very pleased for Kim, but she was now feeling torn between supporting Kim in his career dream pursuit by moving to Cornell in the small town of Ithaca, New York, or accepting the very attractive career opportunity recently presented her. Jim Wilkins indicated that he understood Chris' dilemma, but that she should know that such a tremendous opportunity within the firm occurs rarely. Besides, her turning down this career advancement offer might even, in fact, hurt her prospects for significant future advancement within the firm.
Chris had majored in Accounting in college and had a solid B grade point average. She was a good student, but wasn't very excited about her coursework. After graduation she accepted a job with a small firm, which helped support Kim through graduate school. A year later they had a child, David. Soon, Chris joined Arthur Andersen & Co. with a considerable salary increase; but more importantly to her, she became very pleased and excited about her new work and career opportunity. David was placed in daycare during the time when Kim was occupied with his studies. Chris was glad that Kim was able to spend much of his study time at home with David, but she still had feelings of regret and even guilt that she herself had so little time to spend with her precious child.
Chris thought about the conversation that she would soon have with Kim when she returned home. Her anxiety was heightened by Jim Wilkins' request for her to have a response to the promotion offer when she returned to work the following Monday morning.
After you've read the above case, please complete the following:
After talking with Kim, Chris' response on Monday morning should be:
a) accept the position
b) reject the position
Please explain in two sentences your reason for this choice.