Today’s dilemma … If it’s not completely clear that my spouse will garner any career gains from working in China, is giving my child a better education and possibly a more global outlook on life a good enough reason to move the whole clan to Shanghai?
It’s all a mystery. At this time the move to China would be a lateral move for my husband’s career. He’s not gaining a better salary or position and there is no guarantee that after two years he will gain those things. He might, but then again he might not. It can’t hurt his career but it may not do anything to improve upon it.
Moving to China would very likely mean that my child would get an education in an International school which would equate to sending him to a high-end private school here and my husband’s company would be helping to pay part of the tuition (which would not happen if he went to school here). He’d also get to go to school in a place where only half the children are American. This would mean he would get to meet people from around the world who, like us, took a chance on living in China. He’d also learn Mandarin and as anyone who hasn’t had their heads buried in the sand knows China seems to be poised to become possibly the next Superpower. Speaking Mandarin and learning China’s culture by living there could be a huge advantage for my son later in life when he is competing with the world for a job.
Certainly, the transition would be grueling and there is always the chance that we could hate it there and be stuck for two years. We’d miss family terribly (me more than anyone I suspect). Of course, once we get over the initial cultural shock it might turn out to be an exciting adventure that could enrich our lives on a personal level. Who knows? As I said it’s all a mystery. So many unknowns. So much to be scared of.
So my question to you is this … would you take the risk if you had no idea that this would improve your life professionally or personally? Would you move to Shanghai if you thought it had the potential to give your child a future advantage in life?