‘My employer has given me an offer to re-join the firm, post the fellowship. I am contemplating whether to take it up. It is a lucrative option; affords me some certainty about the future and peace of mind. That said, I don’t want to be bound by it. What if I get a better opportunity?!,’ his friend lamented.
“What’s your total work experience, and is it tour first job?”
‘Yes; in fact the first and only job I’ve had in my 3 years working. Why do you ask?’
“Hmmm…that explains it! First job, like first girlfriend, always has a special appeal. One is always too emotionally involved. But, over time, one learns to be dispassionate.
Here’s what I would do. I would take up the offer. Post the fellowship however, if you don’t want to join for any reason, you can always explain to them how you might not be the best hire for them at that time, given your ‘new’ perspective. I think they’ll understand. So essentially, ’Baby. It’s not you. It’s me.'”
‘Ha ha. That’s a clincher!’