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He Took a Dream Job in Australia and Thought His Girlfriend Would Join Him, But Little Did He Know She Had Other Plans.

The Original Poster (OP), a young professional from the US, is caught in a whirlwind of excitement and trepidation when he lands his dream job in Australia, an opportunity that may disrupt his personal life. His unsuspecting girlfriend and family are blindsided by this sudden announcement, leading to conflicts and unexpected ultimatums. As the countdown to his departure begins, readers are left anticipating whether he will choose his relationship or his professional aspirations.

A New Opportunity

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OP, a 26-year-old man working in the US, learns that his company’s Australian branch needs additional staff. Despite believing his chances are slim, he and several coworkers volunteer for the role. In a surprise move, the company decides to interview him.

Keeping Secrets

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OP chooses not to inform his longtime girlfriend or parents about this opportunity, thinking it unlikely he’ll be selected. He also knows his dream to live in Australia might complicate things. He assumes his girlfriend would be supportive should he get the job.

Interview Success

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In a Skype interview with the Australian team, OP convincingly presents his skills and experience. Impressed, the group offers him the job on the spot, with an email detailing visas and other formalities soon to follow. OP accepts, thrilled at the unexpected turn of events.

The Family Dinner

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OP decides to disclose his new job during a family dinner, confident his girlfriend will support him and behave diplomatically in front of his parents. Little does he know this decision will trigger a series of unexpected reactions.

The Bombshell

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Upon revealing his news, his mother reacts with disbelief and tears, while his father dismisses it as a joke. His completely blindsided girlfriend asks him to clarify his sudden life-changing decision. The family dinner begins to spiral out of control.

The Confrontation

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An argument ensues between OP and his girlfriend, with his father trying to console his distraught mother. The girlfriend accuses OP of being selfish for not consulting her before accepting the job.

The Walkout

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Following the heated confrontation, OP’s girlfriend abruptly leaves, calling him out for his selfishness. This unexpected exit leaves a bitter atmosphere at the dinner table. The supposed celebratory dinner has turned into a crisis meeting.

Misplaced Accusations

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Meanwhile, OP’s mother interprets his decision to move as a sign of his dislike for her. Despite OP’s efforts to dispel this misunderstanding, his parents remain unsupportive. This worsens the overall situation, making him question his actions.

Relationship in Jeopardy

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After dinner, the tension between OP and his girlfriend escalates. She calls him on the phone, arguing about OP’s decision to uproot his entire life and move to another continent. Their relationship begins to waver as OP’s career decision puts them at odds.

A Surprise Return

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Unexpectedly, OP’s girlfriend returns to continue their discussion. However, instead of reconciliation, she presents an ultimatum: either her or Australia. OP is now faced with a significant dilemma.

Professional Pressure

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Amidst the personal turmoil, OP’s company pressures him to expedite the immigration process. The work expectations and deadlines start to mount, adding an extra layer of stress to OP’s already chaotic situation.

Long-Distance Compromise

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OP considers a long-distance relationship as a possible solution to his predicament. Despite the risks and challenges, it seems like the only way to keep his job and relationship intact. However, this proposal further complicates the dynamics with his girlfriend.

The Visa Approval

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OP receives his visa approval, putting a rigid timeline on his move. The reality of his impending departure looms large, intensifying the pressures on his relationships. His dream of living in Australia now feels bittersweet.

Was The Boyfriend’s Behavior Appropriate?

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Still faced with choosing between his relationship and job opportunity, OP posts his dilemma online for feedback and advice. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “The only point of influence your girlfriend would have would be before you got the offer. And you denied her that.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I cannot imagine my significant other springing something like moving across the world on me like this.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “You let your girlfriend know you didn’t care about her enough or value her opinion.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “This sounds like a breakup with extra steps. A lot of extra steps. A lot of extra, stupid, avoidable steps that also involve breaking up with your parents.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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