Dual Citizenship in Canada


Karen and Ross have been married for six years. During these years,
each has had to make decisions concerning their careers to accommodate each
other. Two companies have now confronted Ross with a career opportunity, those
being California Energy Systems and Petrolia Oil. He must decide by September
28 what opportunity to act upon, taking into account the effects it will have on
his career, Karen\'s career, and their marriage.

Situational Analysis

Both individuals come from traditional families and are career
orientated people. Karen believes the women in her life were career women but
this is not entirely true. Her father held an executive job that forced
continuous movement. Where as her mother held a ‘traditional\' position as a
school teacher and she was not permitted to have work "interfere with home life
and child- rearing responsibilities". On the other hand, Ross had a mother who
devoted herself to the well-being of her husband and son. Where as his father
was a business man that earned a high income, allowing the family to live in a
comfortable home with a luxury lifestyle. Karen and Ross appear to be leading a
life that is different from their parents but this is not entirely true. It is
noteworthy to mention, that each has a traditional role within the marriage.
For example, Ross is responsible for the financial aspects of the home while
Karen is responsible for the household chores. At the beginning of the marriage,
they attempted to have a "weekend marriage" but this was a great strain and
Karen sacrificed her career by finding a job closer to Ross. This demonstrates
they are traditional within the marriage, although Karen has an untraditional
career.

Career Opportunities

As both Karen and Ross hold dual citizenship in Canada and the United
States, they have frequently discussed the possibility of working in Canada.
They concluded the Canadian market is less competitive and offers more options
than California. However, Karen considers Canadian culture to be slower than
U.S. culture concerning the treatment toward women.
In June 1990, a Canadian utility company asked Karen to consider the
possibility of joining their company. Upon consideration, Karen became less
enthusiastic about the position and decided to decline the offer. Then in mid
September, California Randle Corporation offered her a job in the organizational
development department. This position would provide an increase in salary,
double responsibility, and a great opportunity to learn and advance. The Bank
of Ontario also interviewed her for a junior position and told Karen an
opportunity might open later in the year.
Simultaneously, Ross reluctantly extended his own job search to Ontario.
Both the Bank of Ontario and Petrolia Oil offered him positions. The position
at Petrolia Oil offered a major salary increase, a chance to work in a new and
challenging field, and a request to begin work November 1. At the same time, he
received an offer from Cal Eng. to join the Personnel Department. This position
would represent a sizeable pay increase but only a lateral move in
responsibility.

Considerations

In all dual career marriages, problems or issues must be considered.
One issue that arises between dual career partners transportation. Who is going
to take the car to work and how will the other get to work? This is only a
minor concern and can easily be resolved. Another concern is the increase in
money they will earn. Karen and Ross must consider who will be responsible for
managing the funds. For example, will each maintain their own income or is it
pooled together. Presently, Ross manages the finances for the home but each
maintains their own accounts, contributing equally to the home. They must then
decide where the money will be spent and invested. Again this is only a minor
concern and can easily be addressed. However, there are more serious issues and
problems that must be considered in dual-career marriages.
To begin, Karen and Ross must arrange how they will divide the household
responsibilities. As both partners are busy with work, they must divide the
responsibilities evenly. For example, the couple must decide who will be
responsible for the laundry, grocery shopping, cleanliness of the house, and
meals. The division of responsibilities should not leave one feeling as if they
are holding down two jobs.
Today, jobs are demanding and stressful. This leaves a twofold affect
on dual-career marriages. First, employers expect employees to work sixty to
seventy hours a week, leaving little time for oneself. If two people are
working this many hours, it makes it difficult to spend quality time with each
other. Luckily ,