Dual Career Decisions

Su Lin, PhD: Dual Career Decisions

Relationship sacrifices made for career decisions.

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Transcript: Dual Career Decisions

Yeah my husband's major for his PhD was electrical engineer. At that time, as a physicist it was so difficult to find a job, we were centered around me. Whenever I got a job, he will, as engineers, he has more choices, so what we do is for graduate school it was difficult to get financial aid in Rochester, so he find another university. That's why we were apart in graduate school, but it was not too bad. It was like a two hours drive. For post-doc, we also did, based on our own career choices; he went to University of Kentucky to continue his-like he worked on robotics over there. Then we find out it was difficult to get together. We plan like two or three years, but it end up almost five years. At that time we talked constantly. I just feel like there was no place I could get a good job, and then I did try Kentucky, and his adviser also tried to help and said, "Okay Kentucky is such a small place." We couldn't find, you were already there like the staff is for your research, for your technology, we couldn't find things unless you give up. Then my husband said-he made the sacrifice really. He gave up-another thing is that he couldn't find like a more permanent position in Kentucky. So he say okay it's time for him to give up-he quit his research position. He came here as just a consultant. Later on, he developed his career as a software engineer, so I really appreciate his sacrifice. Now we are together, and we had my second child while he joined me here. Yeah.

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