Balancing Your Career, Family and Life (Daily Telegraph by Cary Cooper, Suzan Lewis

By Cary Cooper, Suzan Lewis

The right way to deal with Your profession and relatives offers sound suggestion at the functional, monetary and emotional difficulties confronted through any double-career couple or family members.

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A female academic, younger and less professionally advanced than her spouse, voiced this opinion: There were two posts available at the same university and we did think that we might both apply. I wasn’t entirely happy about the idea because we would have presented ourselves as a package; we both come, or not at all. John already has his PhD and a lot more publications than I have, and I was afraid they might offer me a job in order to attract him and I wouldn’t have been considered on my own merit.

University lecturer, female) 48 Issues in Career Development Parenting, Careers and Mobility Perhaps the most difficult decisions facing dual-career couples, and those intricately linked to career mobility and relocation issues, are about whether or not to have children and, if so, how to plan the timing of children to fit in with your careers. Often there is pressure from relatives or friends to conform to the prevalent view of a ‘real’ family by having children. Occasionally, there is also conflict between husband and wife on this issue: My parents and my husband think I should have a family by now.

I would like to have a baby but I don’t know how I would manage. I’d like to work part-time but that isn’t possible with this firm. I might find someone else to job share with, but otherwise it just wouldn’t work. (personnel manager) Mothers who do return to their career after childbirth often confront prejudiced attitudes in employers. There is a lot of prejudice about women with young children in this organization. I’m really frightened that if I have a child it will ruin my chances of promotion.

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