I got a call from a blog reader this morning which I almost didn't take, because the caller ID showed Private number. But on second thought I decided to pick my phone, I'm glad I did. Here's a summary of what she told me.
She's in her late 20s, a graduate and has completed her NYSC but still no job. In October 2014 her friend needed to travel for a six-month course. Her friend had a job as a personal assistant to an executive director in one of the top companies. The pay is really good and her friend wanted to go for the program but, still wanted the job when she returned, especially if nothing better came up. So, this friend decided to suggest to her boss to allow the blog reader stand in for her for the duration. Surprisingly the boss agreed. It was a win-win, the blog reader would collect the salary for the duration she filled in for her friend and continue her job search so that when she (the friend) returned she would have a job of her own to move on to. Well now the friend has returned but there's a problem.
The boss does not want his former PA back and is insisting that the blog reader stay on. She has explained the agreement that she and her friend had to him, and although she would really like to stay on (especially as she's great at the job, and hasn't been able to get another job, as she had hoped) it would be extremely unfair to her friend who got her the job in the first place. Her boss said that he was never particularly impressed with her friend's work, he didn't like her personality much and she was a bit lazy. He also said that he couldnt force the blog reader to stay on, but that even if she left, he would hire someone else and not rehire her friend, his former PA.
To make matters worse, he has refused to give her friend an appointment or an opportunity to come and see him, leaving everything in the blog readers hands. What this means is that what ever decision she makes, she is the one that has to break it to her friend.
She's in a dilemma and wanted to know what I thought, she also wants me to post it so that she can hear what you think.