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Job Offer: Is it a great opportunity?

A Great Opportunity at Welingen Chemical

John Frankl was in a state of shock when he pulled into his driveway after his daily commute. What a difference one day can make! While at lunch with the president of Welingen, he was asked to head up the Taiwan office of Welingen. It was a start-up operation that had been in existence for only two years. The president stated that it was a great opportunity to gain executive-level experience, and when the compensation package was explained to him, he could hardly believe it.

John and his wife, Victoria, had never lived overseas. Except for their honeymoon in Europe and trips to the Caribbean, they had never left the Midwest. He was both excited and scared. He had never been to Asia, but how tough could it be? After all, they would live well and make a lot money. Victoria could work as a consultant there, just as she was doing here, and the kids, Benjamin and April, were still young enough at six and nine to make a move like this with few problems.
He had already decided to take the position. After all, if he didn't, it would hurt his career. He couldn't wait to see the reaction on Victoria's face!

Victoria reacted with shock and concern when John told her of this "big news" over diner. But she became interested when she heard about the compensation package, and she thought it would be an interesting challenge to begin a consulting business in Taiwan. She could even fly back and forth to work with her clients here, she thought. That night after the kids were in bed, they called both their parents to tell them of the great news.

Q1. Are there factors that John and Victoria are not taking into consideration in making this decision to accept this offer? If so, what are they?

Q2. If you were John and Victoria's best friend, what advice would you give them? Be specific and defend your rationale.

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Interesting questions1 Let's take a closer look.

Q1. Are there factors that John and Victoria are not taking into consideration in making this decision to accept this offer? If so, what are they?

John and Victoria are only considering three factors: the compensation package, the impact on John's career (if he does and doesn't accept the job overseas) and Victoria's ability to still work from their new location e.g., consulting, commute back and forth, etc.

There are indeed other factors to consider as related to balancing professional and personal lives, including dealing with dual career and value systems. If children are involved, the value system are especially important as are the school standards and the living accommodations in comparison to the location of the schools. Thing such as the type of food and the quality of food is also important considerations. Family ties and friends are also another major consideration. Who would be their support system in Taiwan? The length of time they are willing to stay in Taiwan is another consideration as the research suggests that many people end up staying longer than ever intended. Is this something that they are willing to accept?

Q2. If ...

Solution Summary

Based on the scenario, this solution discusses the factors that John and Victoria are not taking into consideration in making this decision to accept this job offer. It also provides ideas for advise to offer to John and Victoria as a best friend. Rationale provided. Links are also provided for further investigation to determine if this is really a great job opportunity.

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