A Woman Had Worked Hard in Her High-Paying Career, but Her Husband’s Potential New Job Would Destroy it, so She Gave Him an Ultimatum

A highly accomplished woman in her early thirties was the primary breadwinner in her relationship. Unfortunately, this would soon lead to a dilemma involving her husband, where she would have to choose between his dream job and her professional stability.

His Dream Job 

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The woman’s husband possessed a broad range of skills and experience. One day, he landed an interview for a job at his dream company, an opportunity that had the potential to change the course of his career. 

A Disruptive Opportunity

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However, the man’s opportunity came with a significant dilemma. “It’s paying about 65k a year, which would be fine except this job directly puts my job stability at risk”, explained the woman. “I currently make 200k a year, so this is a seriously big risk to take.”

A Fragile Professional Reputation

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The woman explained the risk she was facing: “My company and his prospective employer are essentially enemies. My field is extremely secretive, and if clients discovered my spouse was working for a competitor, I would be permanently tainted. I wouldn’t be able to get a job in the industry forever.”

A Heartfelt Plea

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Recognizing the potential consequences, the woman immediately implored her husband to withdraw consideration for the job. She pointed out that there were alternative paths for him and offered to support his educational pursuits or a period of unemployment while he sought less problematic opportunities.

A Clash of Priorities

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The husband, however, resented her plea. “He was extremely angry and said I was “selfish and only cared about money”, the woman remembered. 

A Secretive Pursuit

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The woman initially wasn’t aware that her husband pursued the job opportunity behind her back, but she eventually found out when he received an offer. He expressed his will to accept it, asserting that her lack of support made this decision necessary for his personal growth.

A Drastic Ultimatum

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Facing an emotional impasse, the woman took drastic measures to protect her career. She notified her higher-ups about her husband’s interview, determined to confront the issue transparently. She presented her husband with a difficult ultimatum: decline the job offer in her presence, or accept it and move out immediately, initiating divorce proceedings.

A Tough Decision

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To the woman’s dismay, her husband decided to take the job, partially out of spite of her demands. The woman informed her employer, who proceeded to offer to pay for the entirety of the inevitable divorce’s legal fees.

Heartbreak and Tough Choices

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Despite it being her decision, the woman was far from happy. “I feel awful,” she lamented. “I still love him. I moved decisively because this was the best way to cut my losses, but it still hurts. He called me heartless and cold. It’s true that I was prioritizing my career over his, but it felt like the only option at the time.”

Expressing Her Sorrow

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With no husband to turn to anymore, the woman headed to an online community to express her sorrow and seek sympathy from readers, and to her relief, that was exactly what she received. “He knew the reasons why he shouldn’t pursue this job, yet he went for it anyway”, pointed out one reader. “If that’s not selfish, I don’t know what is.”

Spelling it Out

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One commenter spelled the situation out to give the woman some perspective. “Your husband is willing to destroy your career and your future prospects for a job that he does not yet have”, they pointed out. “He’s insisting that you are selfish for not wanting to torpedo everything YOU’VE worked for so that he can take this job.”

There’s Always One

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In typical internet fashion, one commenter out of hundreds was critical of the woman. “You suck because you have shifted all of the weight of your marriage onto your spouse’s decision via your ultimatum”, they criticized. “That masks your own decision and that’s just not fair.”

Wishing Her Luck

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However, the vast majority of readers had only positive things to say about the prosperous woman. “Good luck”, wished one reader. “As much as you may still love him, he doesn’t seem to respect you – and you deserve a partner who will give you both.”

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